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).


"Shattered"

Shattered?!
Errr... Let's see...
Shattered I
Used to be...

Working with transplant surgeons
Was not always easy,

As

Politic
Does not rhyme with
Scientific.

So Regina painted this cool jacket for me.

Painted by Regina Holliday, The Walking Gallery of Health Care.
That was one year ago.
Now that I've earned myself 4 MITx MOOCs in Genomics, I don't feel like I'm shattered anymore. Having started my own science-fiction writing projects, that BTW have just been greenlit by my publisher, and an exciting "gamification" project (working with great web designers)... Shattered? Not really.

It feels more like this...

Just back from a 1-hour run, late for a Skype session with my family in Malaysia, and they were all laughing when they saw my face.  Running everywhere and too much multi-tasking, maybe. But shattered? Nah, I don't think so...
Now MOOCs are no PhDs, so I'm not expecting I'll be working in Big Pharma or funding my own startup, but MOOCs are great for a fiction writer like me. Knitting together science and fiction. Sounds like fun. I've always wanted to be able to do that. So yeah, I'm grateful for the MOOCs.

For Regina Holliday.
BTW Regina means "queen" in Latin.

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