Precision Medicine will need to get out of the pharma silo that is based on symptoms


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.


After low-cost airlines (Ryanair, Easyjet ...) comes "low-cost" participatory medicine. Some of my readers have recently christened this long-lasting, clumsy attempt at e-writing of mine "THE LOW-COSTE INNOVATION BLOG". I am an
early adopter of scientific MOOCs. My name's Catherine Coste. 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?

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A forensic analyst uses DNA barcoding to sniff out mislabeled food

http://earthsky.org/human-world/david-schindel-on-dna-barcodes-for-seafood
"Not always just beef in that burger: Hamburgers don't always contain only beef, but sometimes even bear or elk, Chris Weland, forensic analyst at the University of Guelph’s Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding, has found. In addition, salami sometimes contains lion meat, wild boar, or black bear, adds the Western Producer, a publication aimed at farmers and ranchers in western Canada.

Weland, the Western Producer writes, uses DNA barcoding to determine just what might be in what is labeled as beef or fish. For example, lower quality beef is sometimes labeled as something that'll fetch a higher price or, similarly, a less expensive fish is marked as a more expensive one. The US Food and Drug Administration has adopted the approach, employing Weland on at least a few occasions.

'You never know what you are buying on the grocery store shelves,' Weland says."


http://www.genomeweb.com

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