"Should We Engineer the Mosquito?" Forum

NISE Network product
Description: 

This is a Building with Biology forum in which participants have a chance to learn about a synthetic biology topic and then engage in a guided conversation and make a plan of action. In this case, the participants are both scientists and members of the public, the topic is genetically engineered mosquitoes, and the plan is a decision about whether to release genetically engineered mosquitoes in Mombasa, Kenya. Participants get the chance to practice critical thinking skills and apply them to a real-world socio-scientific issue.

Objectives

Big Idea: 
Synthetic biology  benefits from  many voices. 
 Synthetic biology is interconnected with society.
Learning Goals: 
  • All new technologies present inherent risks, opportunities, and benefits for different people.
  • The introduction of new organisms into the environment raises many societal and ethical questions.
  • Everyone has valuable perspectives and views to add to the conversation.

Credits

Funding: 
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number DRL 1421179.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
Owning institution: 
Museum of Science, Boston
Permissions: 

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Development Process: 

NISE Network products are developed through an iterative collaborative process that includes scientific review, peer review, and visitor evaluation in accordance with an inclusive audiences approach. Products are designed to be easily edited and adapted for different audiences under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike license. To learn more, visit our Development Process page.