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    Culex quinquefasciatus photo credit CDC/Jim Gathany
    Photo Credit: 
    CDC/Jim Gathany(2003)

Current Question: Should scientists use genetically modified mosquitos to control disease?

About this activity

More than just an itchy nuisance, mosquitoes are carriers of human diseases like malaria and the Zika virus. Most methods of mosquito control are only partially successful, and using pesticides can have negative impacts on other animals. Thanks to global efforts, some mosquito-carried diseases have become much less common in recent years. The rates of malaria and yellow fever have decreased drastically since the turn of the century. Unfortunately, other mosquito-carried diseases are spreading rapidly with increased global commerce. Scientists are turning to new and innovative technologies to manage the mosquitoes and the diseases they carry - including genetic modification.

Build your case for or against this provocative question using personal experience, scientific evidence, and social values. Your personal experiences are the observations you have made and the knowledge you have gained throughout your life. Social values are attitudes about how humans should live together. Scientific evidence comes from published studies on the subject itself. While science can inform many questions, some answers can only be found with social values and personal experiences. Sit across from a partner and compare your cases.

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