NYSCI Talks: What is the focus of your work with CRISPR technology? By Kevin Esvelt


NYSCI (The New York Hall of Science)

Kevin Esvelt leads the Sculpting Evolution Group at the MIT Media Lab where he is an assistant professor involved in studying the use of ecological and evolutionary engineering. He talks about his work with “gene drive” systems and the medical and moral implications of CRISPR technology. Esvelt goes over some of the use of gene editing such as the Mice Against Ticks project in Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard to help prevent the spread of Lyme disease. He discusses his concerns over the lack of institutions to govern CRISPR technology and the need for transparency and morally responsible initiatives in the field of gene editing.


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The New York Hall of Science

The New York Hall of Science, also known as NYSCI, is a science museum located in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in the New York City borough of Queens. NYSCI was founded at the 1964–65 World’s Fair and has evolved into New York’s center for interactive science, serving a half million students, teachers, and families each year. NYSCI serves schools, families and underserved communities in the New York City area, offering informal, hands-on learning through various products and services that use the “design-make-play” method of bringing delight and play to educating Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

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