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...

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A free online symptom-checker for patients

"Mr. Maude, a former equity analyst who lives in the U.K., developed a program which providers pay to use, and named it for his daughter, now 17, who had chickenpox at the age of 3. She developed a life-threatening infection, necrotizing fasciitis, that is a common complication but was missed at the time. In a study co-authored by Dr. Graber in the Journal of General Internal Medicine in 2007, Isabel suggested the correct diagnosis in 48 of 50 complex cases, or 96%. (Dr. Graber has no financial or other ties to Isabel.)
Last November, Isabel launched a free online symptom-checker for consumers that can take a pattern of symptoms that patients enter in everyday language and instantly compute the most likely diagnoses from its database of 6,000 diseases, while pushing the more far-out possibilities down the list."

Source: WSJ, 23 July 2013: "A Better Online Diagnosis Before the Doctor Visit".

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