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...

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"Never Let Me Go": our life in a closed, less informational world?

Shuji Kuroda, un Japonais qui vit en Inde, directeur de Kuroda Corporation, parle du livre et du film tiré du livre "Never let me go", écrit par l'écrivain japonais Kazuo Ishiguro (propos recueillis sur Facebook le 29/12/2012).

"I watched the movie 'Never Let Me Go', which is a 2010 British dystopian* science fiction drama film based on Kazuo Ishiguro's 2005 novel of the same name. [* an imaginary place where the conditions and quality of life are unpleasant. The opposite of Utopia.]

The three main characters—Ruth, Tommy and Kathy, are clones created to provide vital organs for non-clones ('normals'). They never tried to escape from their fates. After all, they had passively accepted their fate respectively. The fate means that they become a donor and eventually 'complete (i.e. death).'

Ruth, Tommy and Kathy developed close friendship. Ruth and Tommy fell in love as they become adults. They believed the rumor that Hailsham students might be allowed to 'defer' from being donors for three years if they have truly fallen in love. After Ruth’s complete, Kathy becomes Tommy's carer and begins a romantic relationship with him. But their teachers of guardians dismissed the rumor.

I think that the author wanted to describe our current world abstractly. It means we are living in a closed world. We follow the rule of the society and accept the culture and use technology in the world. The children of the donors symbolize humans of the closed or less informational world.

Sometimes people believe that love can overcome the fear of their death. Somehow love is supposed to make them to accept their fates. Love and death have deep meanings at any times. 

I suppose that few people know that the author Kazuo Ishiguro is interested in Haruki Murakami’s works. I’d like to know his thought on Murakami’s works."


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