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 (

Do Doctors make good dictators?

"The Crime Doctor"
"Our lead story today is (I confess) a bit dated, but nonetheless important. It concerns a female gynaecologist and government minister in the Indian state of Gujarat who was sentenced last year for orchestrating a murderous riot in which 96 Muslims perished - as well as arson, beatings and rape. It came to my attention in the latest issue of the very interesting Indian Journal of Medical Ethics
Which raises the interesting question of whether doctors who are politicians will always be more respectful of human rights. I'm thankful to a BMJ discussion forum for compiling a list of doctors who also led nations. While there are some admirable men and women among them, there seem to be a high proportion of rogues.
The list includes Bashar al-Assad, of Syria, an opthalmologist who has presided over a civil war which has cost 70,000 lives (so far) and Ayman al-Zawahiri, the elusive head of al-Qaeda. There is Hastings Banda, former president of Zambia, who was notorious for corruption, and Che Guevara, the controversial Cuban/Argentinean guerrilla leader. There was George Habash, the PLO terrorist leader, and Radovan Karadžić, a psychiatrist who was the president of the Bosnian Serb Republic. He is currently being tried for genocide at the Hague.
There are other more beneficent rulers, quite a number of them. But it does seem that a course in medicine does not inoculate doctors against violence and oppression. They are human, after all."

Michael Cook

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