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Profile: Kevin Esvelt

Kevin Esvelt is on a mission to eradicate Lyme disease on Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.
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By Michael Rivera

MIT Media Lab Evolutionary and Ecological Engineer Kevin Esvelt is on a mission to eradicate Lyme disease on Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, which have the second and third highest occurrences of tick-borne disease in the country. Kevin’s approach uses CRISPR to genetically modify white-footed mice, which carry Lyme in their blood and pass it on to biting ticks.

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