Read the article “Messing
with mosquito DNA creates angry buzz” on page A1 of the Friday, February 20,
2015 edition of The Seattle Times.
and Vocabulary: Define each term and then use it in a sentence to demonstrate
What form of mosquito control is being proposed to residents of Key Haven,
What two diseases are trying to be combated with genetically modified
What is one major concern residents of Key Haven have against the release of
genetically modified mosquitoes?
What steps have been taken by the company Oxitec towards releasing genetically
What will Oxitec scientists do with mosquitoes if their field trial is
What is the goal of the trial release of genetically modified mosquitoes?
How many Oxitec mosquitoes have already been released?
What are two advantages of using genetically modified mosquitoes like those
created by Oxitec?
Have previous trials in other countries been successful?
Based on the questions asked in the article and the scientists interviewed, are
there any concerns residents should have about the release of Oxitec mosquitoes?
Prompts and Extensions
video clip that includes additional
information about Oxitec’s mosquitoes and their field test plan to learn more
about this issue.
How would you feel about having Oxitec mosquitoes released into your
neighborhood if you were a resident in Key Haven, Florida? Would you support
the field trial? Why or why not? Base your answer on what you have learned
about genetically modified mosquitoes in this article and any outside research
you wish to complete. Support your position with evidence and be sure to
address the opposing views of residents who may be in against your point of
Mosquitoes are not the only type of organism that can be genetically modified;
your food can too. Learn more about genetically modified foods
here. When finished reading write down
how genetically modified tomatoes are made and the risks and benefits of
genetically modified food. Also, watch this
about the first genetically modified food to be sold in the U.S., the Flavr Savr
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