I'm the author of Airpocalypse, a medical thriller

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).

"When Smartphones Do a Doctor’s Job. A simple, cheap way to measure eyesight may face resistance."

"Eric Topol MD, a cardiologist, points to an explosion in technology-- including portable handheld ultrasounds and cell phone apps that can display vital signs, sequence genomes, and acquire ultrasound images -- as a key element in reducing cost.
Topol knows first-hand about technology's ability to deliver quick and inexpensive medical care. When a fellow airline passenger in October 2011 began suffering from chest pain, Topol plugged in a small electrocardiogram to his smartphone, quickly diagnosed the pain as the beginning of a heart attack, and recommended the plane made an emergency landing -- effectively saving the man's life.
The looming problem of health care is a daunting one. (...) [o]ver the long run, Medicare is 75 trillion dollars in debt and a significant factor in the government's long term budget problem. Topol, however, is optimistic about the future. 'If we can be receptive to rebooting of health care,' he says, 'we can innovate out of this mess.'" (Source: "The Cost of Health").

Why it matters: Much of what doctors do could be automated.
Eye app: A smartphone displays a measurement of the refractive error of a person’s eyes.
Dr. Eric Topol believes that new technology, like this portable ultrasound device, may be key in lowering health care costs.
Credit GE Reports / Flickr Creative Commons
"I must include a shout out for patient engagement. Nowhere else in the industry will you find such a large and untapped resource that is ready, willing – but perhaps not yet able to participate in the change. As I have stated many times: when a doctor and patient are in a room, there is nobody, I repeat nobody, more interested in successful outcomes than the patient. Give them the tools and make them part of the solution." Nick Van Terheyden, MD: Voice of the Doctor

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"We must never therefore let ourselves fall into the way of thinking 'ignorabimus, we shall never know'". Eduard Buchner, lecture for this Nobel Prize in Chemistry (the 7th Nobel Prize)