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?

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 (

Doing MIT MOOC course on Quantitative Biology

This is my current assignment... To hear from this MOOC course, follow #7QBWx on Twitter!

Did you know that over 70% of American citizens just ignore this fantastic opportunity to move up -- doing a MOOC course online, where you can earn a verified ID certificate from prestigious universities like Harvard, MIT etc? For example, MITx MOOC verified ID certificates can be earned for free on MOOC platform edX! MOOCs are NOT the norm in the US. So, I was just wondering: how long will the US need to adapt to this new "norm"? My guess here: longer than Asia and India. Meanwhile, students from emerging countries are clawing their way up... earning one MIT or Harvard MOOC certificate at a time, piling them up, moving up... I'm doing this MOOC course based from UK, the US and Europe...


Photos taken at the Museum of Sciences and Industry of Chicago, IL, a few days ago ("Genomics" and "Fast Forward").

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