Kevin Esvelt in the “Sculpting Evolution” Lab at MIT.

Through DNA editing, researchers hope to alter the genetic destiny of species and eliminate diseases.

1) Kevin Esvelt directs the “sculpting evolution” group at MIT.

2) In Nantucket, Esvelt is working on rewriting the DNA of White footed mice to make them immune to the bacteria that causes
Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases.

3) In doing so, the entire way in which ticks spread Lyme disease to humans and other animals, according to Esvelt, would collapse.

4) Esvelt in 2014, along with his colleagues, became the first to describe how the revolutionary new gene editing tool CRISPR could combine with a natural
phenomenon known as “gene drive” to alter to genetic destiny of a species.

Say hello to “Gene” sometimes called “Geno.”

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