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 (

DNArtist printing faces according to DNA samples (hair)

You give her a hair, she'll give you... a face.

After reading a story in Science about the new field of forensic DNA phenotyping (18 February 2011, p. 838), NY City artist Dewey-Hagborg decided to turn her fascination into an art project. She collected 11 hairs left around the city by strangers and learned how to test their DNA at a genetics lab. Now, she’s printing three dimensional masks, or approximations, of those people’s faces, which will be on display—along with her own—in a January exhibition called Stranger Visions. The masks reflect eye color, geographical roots, sex, and other traits, but not exact facial features because forensic phenotyping can’t fill in all the details. But it might one day, and with ever cheaper sequencing, an era of 'genetic surveillance' is looming, says Dewey-Hagborg. 'As a society, we need to have a discussion about that.'"

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