Answer & Discuss Provocative Questions

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Provocative Questions

Science can help us understand many issues, but cannot solve all of them. In this Hall of Human Life activity, you will investigate and make decisions about important scientific policy questions that affect not just ourselves, but our entire communities. You will be provided with scientific evidence about all aspects of the issue. Then, use your personal experiences underlying social values to come to a decision. Explore our current and past provocative questions below.

Mosquitoes can carry serious diseases, including the Zika virus, malaria, dengue fever, and West Nile virus. To stop the spread of these diseases, scientists can modify the genes of mosquitoes to engineer males that cannot reproduce, females that cannot fly, or adults that pass on virus-resistant genes to offspring. While some releases have been successful, some have not. Should genetically modified mosquitoes be used to control disease?
There is an ongoing revolution in the world of personal genomics. The cost of decoding a genome is rapidly decreasing, and our knowledge of the information contained in those genes is rapidly increasing. As genome sequencing becomes more and more accessible, we are faced with new decisions. Should parents know the genome of their future or newborn child?