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 (

The dog is dead, long live the... ahem, dog?!"

Are we ready for a major change in the way we see replacement medicine? Are we ready to look at some alternative treatments? Renne C. Fox, one of the most astute observers and analysts of the sociology of high-technology medicine, writes in her book "Spare Parts" (Oxford, 1992!): "Leaving the field:  By our leave-taking we are intentionally separating ourselves from what we believe has become an overly zealous medical and societal commitment to the endless perpetuation of life and to reparing and rebuilding people through organ replacement - and from the human suffering and the social, cultural, and spiritual harm we believe such unexamined excess can, and already has, brought in its wake." [p.210]

"Le chien est mort, vive le ... euh ... chien ?!"

Sommes-nous prêts à voir les alternatives qui existent  à la transplantation d'organes vitaux ? Je souhaiterais rappeler ici les propos d'une sociologue américaine, Renée Fox, qui, dans deux de ses livres, intitulés "Spare parts" ("Pièces détachées") et "The Courage to Fail" ("Le Courage d'échouer"), dénonce la "dérive d’un pouvoir médical excessif et des efforts faits par la société pour perpétuer sans fin la vie et réparer, reconstruire l’homme par le remplacement d’organe. Nous voulons nous séparer des souffrances humaines, du mal social, culturel, spirituel qu’engendrent ces excès sans limites." Hem ...  


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Catherine a dit…

"Young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences." (

Catherine a dit…

Catherine a dit…

Aux USA, les sciences humaines sont intégrées aux activités de prélèvement d'organes ; en France, elles en sont exclues :