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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American Surveillance And The Totalitarian Chocolate Theory

Holli McCann was sent home from a school trip for eating chocolate (Picture: Masons)
La surveillance de tous à chaque instant instaure un État totalitaire. Enfreindre les règles de temps à autre sans nuire à autrui n'est désormais possible que si personne n'en a connaissance. Si l’État vous surveille, il est obligé d'agir ... et là c'est la spirale infernale ... Cette gamine de colo anglaise s'est faite expulser car on a trouvé sur elle une substance illicite consommée avec des copines la nuit. En plus elle s'en vantait dans un courrier à ses parents (ledit courrier a été ouvert par le directeur du centre de colo qui a remonté les bretelles des monos : "Comment vous dormiez et vous n'avez rien vu ? Vous ne faites pas votre boulot !"). Mis au courant dudit courrier (alors que la consommation de substance illicite n'avait nui à personne et n'avait pas causé d'incident) les responsables de la colo se devaient d'agir : appeler les parents pour qu'ils viennent chercher d'urgence leur fille expulsée ... La substance illicite ? Une tablette de chocolat. Le gouvernement américain nous espionne, et alors ? Ils ont autre chose à faire que de surveiller nos petits destins et menus gestes et faits quotidiens. Sauf que quand ils sont au courant, ils ne peuvent pas fermer les yeux (cela pourrait leur occasionner un procès) et là on rentre dans la spirale infernale ... Gamine expulsée de colo pour une tablette de chocolat... avec saccage de ses affaires personnelles à la clé (pour cause de fouille) ...
A girl of 11 was booted off a school trip to the Isle of Wight – after being caught tucking into a chocolate snack.

"Holli McCann, 11, was told she would have to return home after enjoying a midnight feast with pals.
Her secret snack was discovered only when she wrote about it to her mother Kerri in a letter – which was read by a member of staff from Bromet Primary School, in Watford.
A search of Holli’s room at Beaufort House Hotel, in Sandown, was ordered and more chocolate was found – prompting staff to remove the lining of the youngster’s suitcase and empty her toilet bag.
Mrs McCann was then telephoned by headteacher Yvonne Graves and told that she would have to make the trip from her home in Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, to collect her daughter, claiming she had breached a behaviour ‘charter’.
Despite pleading for leniency, 47-year-old Mrs McCann was told that if Holli was not picked up she would be forced to attend all the planned activities on the week-long trip but would be banned from taking part in them.
‘I am still in shock, I complained to the head but she still hasn’t contacted me after making me go all the way to the Isle of Wight, which ended up costing me an absolute fortune,’ she said.
‘I am furious that they read her letter, it is like being in prison. It’s not like she is five – she is 11 and deserves privacy in what she writes to her mum.
‘Holli said she was really upset because they emptied her toiletry bag into the sink and pulled out the lining in her suitcase.
‘She was very upset for a few days after coming back.’
Mrs McCann has since taken Holli out of the school for the rest of her final term and made a formal complaint. She has also written to education secretary Michael Gove.
‘What Holli did was wrong but your own behaviour and handling of the situation was disgraceful,’ she wrote.
‘I am astonished at the way you behaved and have decided that Holli will not be returning to Bromet for obvious reasons.’
A Hertfordshire County Council spokesman said: ‘Before the Year 6 trip to the Isle of Wight, parents and pupils were asked to sign a behaviour charter which clearly outlines how pupils should behave during the trip.
‘This is to ensure that everyone can have a safe and enjoyable holiday. It was made clear that breaking any of the rules within the charter would result in parents being asked to take their child home, as was the case with this pupil.’"

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