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: Doomsdare, a medical thriller (action taking place in Beijing) Fall 2016; Jesus CRISPR Superstar, a sci-fi -- French title: La Passion du CRISPR (2017). Special thanks to Prof. Emmanuel Lincot, lawyer David Kilgour and Isabelle Provost for their help.

I love Genomics. Would you rather donate your data, or... your vital organs?

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).


Physician Literacies for the Digital Age: will MDs need to attend computer coding schools?

"The Association of American Medical Colleges' "Light-years Beyond Flexner" contest asked medical schools to present a vision of what medical education might look like in twenty years. Here is the Baylor College of Medicine's entry, discussing the key literacies for physicians of the Digital Age.

This generation of physicians will witness a profound change in the practice of medicine. The digital world is upon us and this, more than any other change, will fundamentally alter the way medicine is practiced and taught. While there may be many, we are proposing 3 key literacies that will define the doctor of 2033. Network awareness, information control, and digital content creation. Network awareness. The ability to communicate, collaborate, share, and learn as part of our global network will become a critical skill. Information control. The body of medical knowledge is beyond the point where any doctor can know what there is to know. By 2033 doctors will need the tools and skills to manage information, inputs and exploding networked knowledge. Digital content creation. The ability to use basic communication platforms to translate, transfer and share information and knowledge will be a necessary skill for the physician, especially the academic leader. There will be many new skill sets necessary for the doctor of 2033. Educators have no option but to build medical education around the realities of changing workflows and a digital environment."


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