Precision Medicine will need to get out of the pharma silo that is based on symptoms
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.
After low-cost airlines (Ryanair, Easyjet ...) comes "low-cost" participatory medicine. Some of my readers have recently christened this long-lasting, clumsy attempt at e-writing of mine "THE LOW-COSTE INNOVATION BLOG". I am an early adopter of scientific MOOCs. My name's Catherine Coste. 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?
Audio files on this blog are Windows files ; if you have a Mac, you might want to use VLC (http://www.videolan.org) 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 (http://www.videolan.org).
A major and upcoming Internet disruption: Kim Dot Com disrupting Google, Apple, etc.
Kim Dotcom, the founder of Megaupload, has launched a new file-sharing website a year after he was accused by US prosecutors of facilitating massive online piracy said to have cost the entertainment industry $500m (£315m).
Kim Dotcom (Megaupload, Mega) wants to encrypt half of Internet: "Total government spying must stop!" He says Hollywood media are colluding with American government. This give and take relationship between politics (laws) and media results in a hidden assault on our civil rights. Except that in Kim's experience, the assault had nothing to do with "hidden". Megaupload shutdown had been spectacular. Staged like some Hollywood drama... Well, Kim is back... alive and kicking (some serious ass)... since, a few days ago, he has re-opened "Mega", but this time neither the government (or Hollywood) nor him can access the data on Mega. Everything's encrypted. On hence, Kim denies, more than ever, responsibility for major (Hollywood) copyright breach. Kim Dotcom's Mega service offers 50GB of data storage – and it is all perfectly legal.
What happened one year ago? Hollywood and the US government found Kim very dangerous and they wanted to "destroy" him once and for all. Kim got through by the skin of his teeth and is back stronger than ever, with... the biggest Internet disruption ever. Apple, Google have proven to be less dispruptive than Mega... Google provide various governments with the info they request. They are not exactly zealous about it, but they do as requested. If half of the Internet becomes encrypted, governments might find it much harder to spy on would be terrorists... Google artificial intelligence is building (and thriving) on the open Internet - not on the encrypted one... On the other hand, patients might be happy to put their medical data on Mega... no confidentiality breach... Mega could become a major competitor to Google +...
This is the biggest disruption ever, nobody can tell about the consequences of an Internet (massive) encryption... Well I guess Kim didn't want to end up like Aaron Swartz, a MIT student and Internet (public-access) activist, who thought information should be free... The question is: should violating a site's Terms of Service land you in jail ? (read here).
(U.S.) government(s) (and Hollywood) appear to have proven greedy... too greedy... Let's just hope that Kim's counter-attack will proceed otherwise (not just based on the same abuse of power)...