Scientific MOOCs follower. Author of Airpocalypse, a techno-medical thriller (Spring 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 (http://www.videolan.org) 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 (http://www.videolan.org).


The Medical Tricorder Is Almost Here

"Nanonsensors, imaging technology and genomics could combine to create a future where individuals are empowered to manage their own medical care. Empowering patients with digital health monitoring presents a significant way to drive impactful change."
"Nanonsensors, imaging technology and genomics could combine to create a future where individuals are empowered to manage their own medical care. (...) A tense work meeting prompting rapid heartbeat and increased blood pressure? An app might suggest which steps will return the body to equilibrium. Imagine the effects on the fight against cancer — we could all have blood vessel sensors that text message us when they come across a circulating tumour cell, or a protein marker for cancer. Perhaps we could cure cardiovascular disease, because other sensors help us to effectively control our LDL cholesterol, or identify biomarkers of inflammation. (...) But we’re still years away from such a scenario, and policy makers and the medical community are going to have to wrap their heads around some of these changes before such a future can even arrive. Is the wish for more convenient and customizable care unreasonable in a high-tech world? If individuals want the changes, then a health technology revolution is coming. (...) due in March 2014 is the Scanadu Scout, an egg-shaped “medical tricorder” that works with an app to determine all sorts of medical diagnostic data when you press it to your forehead. (...) This summer saw the preliminary release of Google Glass, the spectacle-mounted wearable computer that’s rumoured to be bringing as large a disruption to the way we live as the launch of the original iPhone. Next year comes the expected launch of the Apple iWatch, a smartphone-type device that one wears on the wrist."

Dr. Aw: Forget Star Trek — the medical tricorder is almost here and a tech revolution is just getting started

| | Last Updated: 13/09/09 4:01 PM ET
Will Google Glass, pictured, and Apple's iWatch be the Star Trek medical tricorders we've been waiting for? Most likely, writes Dr. Aw, but the future could be even more technology-infused, with diagnostic nanorobots that would beam information about our bodies to experts in real time, or allow for levels of self-care not thought possible in the past.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images files "Will Google Glass, pictured, and Apple's iWatch be the Star Trek medical tricorders we've been waiting for? Most likely, writes Dr. Aw, but the future could be even more technology-infused, with diagnostic nanorobots that would beam information about our bodies to experts in real time, or allow for levels of self-care not thought possible in the past."

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