Mutant Mosquitos in Florida

Science ... sometimes it really is about life and death! Examine sharks and whales that live for a really long time, as well as mosquitoes designed to die young in the final installment in a 143-part video series. Biology scholars explore the role that long-lived marine species may have in extending human life; they also take a look at the genetically-engineered mosquitoes scientists are releasing in disease-prone areas that shorten the lifespan of the mosquito population around them.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Learn more about the species in the video by following the links provided
  • Check up on the progress made by the mutant mosquitoes by researching their introduction in the United States
Classroom Considerations
  • Review some basic epidemiology vocabulary before viewing the resource
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • Although the video covers two different topics, the narrator blends them together to form a snapshot of current scientific research and development
  • The resource gives clear explanations for the technical aspects of both topics, such as how the DNA of the engineered mosquitoes combines with native mosquito DNA to cause premature death
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  • None
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