Lectures and Talks

Teen SciCafe: No More Mosquitoes?

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Detail view of mosquito that has landed on human flesh and is in the process of extracting blood.

Speaker: Dr. Leslie Vosshall – Rockefeller University, Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Robin Chemers Neustein Professor

Imagine a summer free from mosquito bites. Using genetic modification, should we push eradication to the extreme and rid the world of an annoying, and sometimes deadly, pest?

CRISPR gene editing is widely used by biologists as the DNA programming tool of choice to alter the genome of organisms and even populations. Could this lead to the eradication of mosquitoes? And is that something we would actually want to see?

Join Rockefeller University professor Leslie Vosshall as she demonstrates what is— and what will be—possible.

 

*Free admission and refreshments

 

The SciCafe Series is proudly sponsored by Judy and Josh Weston.

Teen SciCafe:No More Mosquitoes? and related activities are generously supported by the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Special thanks to MicroCulture developers PETLab at Parsons and Jane Mcdonough.