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 (

Biology's May 68, happening... now!
While Big Pharma's business model is in a crisis - "66/98 drug companies had only one drug launched in 10 years; + outlier (‪#‎BMY‬) Bristol-Myers Squibb Company focused on human genetics" - and many old European and American institutions seem to be failing at reinventing themselves, biohackers (nothing to do with bioterrorism) and other startupers are working worldwide, undetected by conglomerates and politicians, in an effort to promote more sustainability. Hacking biology, but for the good cause... in the citizens' best interests (instead of the conglomerates' ones, for a change...). Each and every citizen, meaning YOU and me, can register for a free seminar online (MOOC), and learn about the secrets of life just as you would if you were a student at the MIT or The Harvard Med School!
Maybe in the future we'll see biohackers printing out transplantable organs with 3D printers, bioink and stem cells from transplant patients... Where will this take place? At the Notre-Dame church of Paris, with French fablab "La Paillasse"?... Maybe the gargoyles in Paris will be the first ones to witness this breakthrough...

"Thomas Landrain is the co-founder and president of the nonprofit organization La Paillasse in Paris, one of the world's largest community laboratories, commonly called hackerspaces, that foster open biotechnology. He is an active member of the Do-it-yourself Biology (DIYbio) community, organizing the launch of the DIYbio Europe network and working regularly as one of its spokespersons. He is currently pursuing his PhD studies in Synthetic Biology at iSSB, a CNRS-Genopole research institution. Convinced that the 21st century will be the century of biotechnologies, he is now focusing on making biology more accessible to use as a technology for citizens and amateurs."

==> French fab Lab La Paillasse's first scientific article (white paper) is out! "Do-it-yourself biology: challenges and promises for an open science and technology movement"

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