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 (

"There are 21,000 protein-coding genes in the genome"

From the When-Homo-PatentUS-Meets-With-Homo Possessus Department:

Eric Lander PhD: " (...) we found a shockingly interesting thing. How many protein-coding genes are there in the genome? Well we know it's about 21,000.

But in fact, the official number in the textbooks was 100,000.

If you would have taken introductory biology about the year 1998, your textbook would have said-- or even the year 2000 or so-- your textbook would have said there were 100,000 genes in the genome.

When the various companies were racing to sequence the human genome, they were just salivating over being able to patent another 80,000 genes. It was really exciting."

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 7.00x Intro to Biology- The Secret of Life

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