On Friday, August 30, at 6 pm, all are welcome to the West Tisbury library for a presentation by Dr. Kevin Esvelt, director of the Sculpting Evolution Lab at MIT. According to a press release, Dr. Esvelt will be discussing the importance of ethical decisionmaking in bioengineering and cellular science, and the role society needs to play in this new era of science and technology. Come participate in a discussion of how gene editing needs to be an open conversation between science and society. This event is free and open to the public.
An outspoken advocate for shared information systems, Dr. Esvelt is considered a visionary for moral and ethical experimentation. Esvelt received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, and was a pioneer in the creation and use of CRISPR technology, which is used in genome engineering. He has been published in Nature and Science, and has had articles written about him in the Atlantic, New Yorker, and the New York Times. Esvelt has traveled around the world sharing his vision for the future of science. His talks can be seen and heard on TEDx, PBS’ “Nova,” and NPR. Esvelt’s lab group, Sculpting Evolution, works to find new ways to study and influence the evolution of ecosystems. Dr. Esvelt was one of the first scientists to use CRISPR-modifying techniques in wild organisms, and together with the Sculpting Evolution scientists, he has been working on Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket introducing the Mice Against Ticks project, whose purpose is to prevent tick-borne diseases.