Scientific MOOCs follower. Author of Airpocalypse, a techno-medical thriller (Out Summer 2017)

Welcome to the digital era of biology (and to this modest blog I started in early 2005).

To cure many diseases, like cancer or cystic fibrosis, we will need to target genes (mutations, for ex.), not organs! I am convinced that the future of replacement medicine (organ transplant) is genomics (the science of the human genome). In 10 years we will be replacing (modifying) genes; not organs!

Anticipating the $100 genome era and the P4™ medicine revolution. P4 Medicine (Predictive, Personalized, Preventive, & Participatory): Catalyzing a Revolution from Reactive to Proactive Medicine.

I am an early adopter of scientific MOOCs. I've earned myself four MIT digital diplomas: 7.00x, 7.28x1, 7.28.x2 and 7QBWx. Instructor of 7.00x: Eric Lander PhD.

Upcoming books: Airpocalypse, a medical thriller (action taking place in Beijing) 2017; Jesus CRISPR Superstar, a sci-fi -- French title: La Passion du CRISPR (2018).

I love Genomics. Would you rather donate your data, or... your vital organs? Imagine all the people sharing their data...

Audio files on this blog are Windows files ; if you have a Mac, you might want to use VLC ( to read them.

Concernant les fichiers son ou audio (audio files) sur ce blog : ce sont des fichiers Windows ; pour les lire sur Mac, il faut les ouvrir avec VLC (

Painting (and DNA?) exhibition

People know little about genomics: most of what we read in the press was wrong ...

Searching the web for a good article about genomics, I found this one this morning (thank you, Billaut San!)

Broad public information regarding DNA is scarce, so this might be worth the read :

We can tell the difference between junk painting and awesome talent ... How about our ability to tell the one between junk DNA and useful gene? Looks like it's complicated... Same goes for painting, doesn't it? ...

"Many press reports (...) painted an entirely fictitious history of biology's past, along with a misleading picture of its present. As a result, the public that relied on those press reports now has a completely mistaken view of our current state of knowledge (this happens to be the exact opposite of what journalism is intended to accomplish). But you can't entirely blame the press in this case. They were egged on by the journals and university press offices that promoted the work—and, in some cases, the scientists themselves." (Source)

 Now you may find this shocking!

Well, my governement makes me do this. I can explain...

I'm French (nobody's perfect). Did you know the French governement has forbidden French citizens to request the sequencing of their genome (or DNA)? Officials say it's a "shameful business". I'll give them the finger... because they are the ones who should be ashamed... and not the French citizens who are taking interest in human genome...

Officials say the darndest things!

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Pic #1: Italy (Genova, Winter 2012).

Pic #2: NY, MOMA, June 2012

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