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Kassidi Petersen wants to cure cancer. She’s only 17, but she’s already done a lot of research and thinks it can be done through a technology genome-editing tool called CRISPR-Cas9.
“I want to see if I can copy the gene that produces the p53 proteins without the side effects,” said Timberline High School senior.
Kassidi’s not a typical teen. A death in the family put her on a path to change the world.
Kassidi always wanted to be a teacher until the loss of her grandma to esophageal cancer this past New Years Eve. Now she’s on a mission to become cancer researcher and find a cure.

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