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 (

"A Twitt a day keeps the doctor away?"...

"From Facebook to Twitter to YouTube, social media has crept into mainstream America at an alarming rate. It's no different in healthcare, where providers and their patients are finding new benefits  -  and challenges  -  to their online interactions.
According to Allied Health World, one third of all consumers use social media for matters regarding their health. Thanks to social networking sites and the increased availability of broadband and mobile technology, people are forming online patient support groups, becoming better educated on medical topics and diagnoses and sharing doctor and product reviews  -  wherever and whenever they want.
The trend isn't lost on doctors. One study conducted in 2012 found that 24 percent said they used social media at least once a day to look for medical information, while almost two-thirds think social media enhances their ability to care for their patients. 
Of course, when dealing with sensitive personal data, privacy and security concerns quickly become apparent. Consumers are worried that their medical information will go public, while insurers and providers must try to protect patient privacy and act within the bounds of HIPAA and the FDA as they participate in the online social sphere.
The following infographic from Allied Health World illustrates the possibilities  -  and pitfalls  -  of social media in the healthcare landscape."

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