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 (

Stop the France bashing! Arrêtons de critiquer la France !

 ==> Audio version.

Arrêtons le "France bashing" : La France a un des marchés du travail les plus flexibles (grâce aux ruptures simplifiées de contrat) ... Un niveau de chômage remarquablement bas (pour notre PIB catastrophique) ... De bonnes politiques de l'emploi (en comparaisons des préretraites calamiteuses) ... Une désindustrialisation relative (bien qu'avérée, mais quand-même moins grave que le risque éventuel que court l'Allemagne à voir la sienne stagner un jour, si vraiment les choses tournent mal pour elle) ... et qui attire bien plus de Belges (cherchant du travail, je n'ai rien contre eux, ça doit être très dur chez eux pour qu'ils veuillent venir chez nous) que la Belgique n'attire de Français (cherchant à échapper à l'ISF) ... Un CNRS qui n'a jamais recruté autant d'étrangers (sous-payés et corvéables à merci, même les jeunes Français ne veulent plus y aller) ... Bref, une France solide (par rapport à ceux qui vont vraiment mal), aux réels espoirs de s'en sortir (si les autres pays Européens font tous un maximum d'efforts, sous-entendu : pour que la France puisse en faire le moins possible ...)

Oui, arrêtons le "France bashing" ! "Tant que, moi, je marche pas dans la m..., tout va bien ... Ce qui arrive aux autres ...", pense chaque Français en son for intérieur ...


"A Year in the Merde": Plot summary

"When Paul West starts his new job in September he is altogether unaware of the true character and the machinations of his boss, Jean-Marie Martin, who is in his early fifties, rich, handsome, impeccably dressed, friendly, and prepared to pay him a good salary. West does not know yet that Martin, officially decorated for supporting the French economy, is illegally importing cheap British beef (the ban imposed during the Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy or BSE crisis not having been lifted yet); that through his political connections he has secured for his daughter Élodie a cheap, council-subsidized HLM apartment; that he associates with the far right; that, although married, he is having an affair with someone from the office; and that he wants to sell him, Paul West, a cottage in the country quite close to the site of a future nuclear power plant.
West is allotted a motley crew who are supposed to work together on his project. However, everyone, including Martin, turns out to be very reluctant to learn what West has to tell them, for example that 'My Tea Is Rich' is not a good name for a chain of English tea rooms, neither is 'VD' for English meat labelling (French 'Viande' ; English 'venereal disease'). Soon West realizes that no one is following his orders, that nothing is happening, that he is being paid for doing, or at least achieving, absolutely nothing. In the end, his contract is prematurely terminated, and he spends some weeks teaching English. ('It was much tougher than working in an office. You can't e-mail your mates while standing in front of a class.')
His love life during that year is an emotional rollercoaster ride. In all, West has sex with four different women during that year: Élodie, his boss's daughter; Alexa, who eventually cannot put up with his apolitical outlook on life; Marie, a black girl who willingly drops him when her boyfriend returns from abroad; and Florence, half Indian, the girl with whom he plans to open his own tea room in Paris at the end of the novel." (Wikipedia).

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