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Should We Engineer the Mosquito?

Mosquitos are more than annoying pests — they're carriers of the deadly malaria parasite. Every year, hundreds of millions of people are infected with malaria, causing hundreds of thousands of deaths. Insecticide resistance is increasing, and the drugs used to treat malaria are becoming less effective. Scientists have developed a way to alter mosquito DNA to reduce their ability to transmit malaria. Releasing genetically modified mosquitos into affected environments could bring us closer to eradicating these diseases, but may also cause unforeseen consequences. Should we tinker with the mosquito?

Come discuss the potential benefits and tradeoffs. What would you do?

Advance registration begins at 9:00 am, Saturday, June 11 (Thursday, June 9 for Museum members).

Sunday, June 26 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm


Museum of Science

Recommended for

Grades 10 – 12 and adults


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