The lives of a scientists or physicians can seem unsustainably busy. But outside of labs and clinics, researchers and doctors make time to engage in extracurricular pursuits from skydiving to Sudoku. It turns out that music is a common distraction for many life science and health professionals, and specialized symphony orchestras around the world are chock full of PhDs and MDs celebrating the marriage of science and music."Music requires the same intense focus, microscopic analysis, and integrative story-telling that biology requires," said linkurl:Heidi Greulich,; a cancer researcher at the Broad Institute of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard and a cellist in the Massachusetts-based linkurl:Longwood Symphony Orchestra,; in an email to __The Scientist__. "Because of this, I end up using many of the same skills for playing music that I use in doing science. So perhaps it's not so surprising that so many scientists are also musicians."For Keiko...

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