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?

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What do our genes have to do with quantitative biology, statistics & probability? Everything.

To cure many diseases in the future, we will have to target genes; NOT the organs. We have a LOT of cells and DNA (as opposed to the limited number of organs, of course).

MIT is currently offering a MOOC for you to learn quantitative or systems biology: 7QBWx. Week 6 is now live. On the menu: statistics in biology and genomics with R. Making disease predictions like you are in some casino (I'l go for Vegas), trying to evaluate what your chances are with, let's say, the roulette wheel spinning? Looks like fun!

Links to my previous posts about MIT-edX MOOC 7.QBWx here & here.
(On Twitter: #7QBWx)

Week 6:
"- Cool, huh?"
Thank you, Professor Paul Blainey!

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