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November 2020 Vol.8 No.4

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Merit Research Journal of Microbiology and Biological Sciences (ISSN: 2408-7076) Vol. 8(4) pp. 041-046, November, 2020

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DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4300794

Original Research Article

Collaboration between scientists and artists: a research methodological approach to advance science


José de la Fuente1,2*, Sara Artigas-Jerónimo1, Juan J. Pastor Comín3


1SaBio. Instituto de Investigación en Recursos Cinegéticos IREC-CSIC-UCLM-JCCM, Ronda de Toledo s/n, 13005 Ciudad Real, Spain.
2Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078, USA.
3Centro de Investigación y Documentación Musical CIDoM-UCLM-CSIC, Facultad de Educación de Ciudad Real, Ronda Calatrava 3, 13071 Ciudad Real, Spain.

*Corresponding Author's Email: jose_delafuente@yahoo.com / josedejesus.fuente@uclm.es
Phone: +34 926295450. (J.F.)

Received: 01 November 2020    I    Accepted: 26 November 2020    I    Published: 30 November 2020    I    Article ID: MRJMBS-20-029
Copyright © 2020 Author(s) retain the copyright of this article.
This article is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0.




The changing complexity of scientific systems throughout evolution involves conserved molecules that function in the regulation of biological processes. While scientists have gained molecular information by the global identification of genes and molecules across species, as well as discovering specific molecular interactions, the big challenge now is to develop dynamic ways to analyze this massive amount of data and formulate key questions on how these molecules/interactions affect biological functions, such as development and immunity. These discoveries will be fundamental for the identification of key groups of molecules or interactomes which can be targeted for applications such as vaccines and therapeutics. Toward the goal of broadening of our perspectives we developed a collaboration with selected artists, both visual and musical. While scientist-artist collaborations have been reported previously, these recent studies were based on our research on the characterization of the highly conserved proteins Akirin/Sublolesin. Through collaborations with scientists and artists from multiple disciplines we developed new methodological approaches for accelerating the discovery process which directed us to pursue key questions that otherwise may have been overlooked. This innovative methodology may likely be applicable to other areas and represent a dynamic approach for the advancement of science.

Keywords: Innovation, Method, Music, Science, Visual art




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