Exterminate: Analyse and solve

The dilemma

exterminate question

This is a big decision. Exterminating mosquitoes has benefits, but there are risks too.

What to do

Answer the research questions you wrote in the ‘what I want to know’ column of the grid below.

1. Look at the sources below to see which ones are relevant. List these in the ‘how I will find out’ column.

2. Use the sources of information to answer them and complete the ‘what I have learnt’ column.

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3. You are now ready to communicate your views:

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Sources

Use your scientific skills to decide which sources are relevant and to extract the important information. The ‘thinking guides’ below can help you. Real sources come from websites. Adapted sources have been edited to make them easier to read.

Real sources

Oxitec video Listen to real scientists explain their work and find out how GM mosquitoes can help exterminate dangerous ones.

GM mosquito diagram A diagram to show how the GM technology works.

Scientific paper This is a paper written by scientists and explains their research. It will help you decide if GM mosquitoes work. The language is difficult (there is an adapted version below).

Press release Oxitec wrote this. It is to help journalists write articles about some of their research. An adapted version is below.

News video Oxitec are planning to release GM mosquitoes in Florida, USA (mosquitoes living there spread both dengue fever and zika). This news story highlights some of the concerns residents have.

New York times article    Collective evolution website    These two websites contain lots of opinions on the risks and benefits of GM mosquitoes.

Adapted sources

These ones have been edited:

If you find searching the websites for opinions difficult, use the document ‘risks and benefits’ instead.

Scientific paper

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Press release

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Risks and benefits

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Ethical viewpoints wall Here are some ethical viewpoints for you to discuss using rights and duties thinking.

 


Thinking guides

Thinking guides

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These sheets help you think through the skills you need to extract information and to make decisions:

Interrogate sources thinking guide: This will help you to decide how reliable sources such as news articles, press releases and scientific papers are.

Estimate risks thinking guide: Use this to weigh up the benefits and risks of science applications and technologies.

Use ethics thinking guide: This explains rights and duties – one type of ethical thinking that will help you to make an ethical decision.

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News:

Zika discussion in Brazil

Grupo de discussão – auditório do CETEP / Irecê, BA – Brasil

Data: 09/12/16

Turno: vespertino

Duração aproximada: 1 hora

Participantes: uma mediadora, dois professores, uma coordenadora e os estudantes do terceiro e quarto ano do curso de administração.

VÍDEO 1

Professor: Bom, nós estamos agora, nesse momento com um grupo de alunos e professores do terceiro e do quarto ano de administração vespertino aqui no centro territorial de educação de Irecê- CETEP. Hoje esta sendo a culminância dos trabalhos, tivemos outros trabalhos que foram apresentados anteriormente, e esse grupo permaneceu aqui no auditório pra a gente conversar um pouquinho a respeito do desenvolvimento do trabalho deles e o que fundamentou que argumentos optaram pelas decisões de alguns grupos que estão aqui de serem favoráveis ou não ao extermínio do mosquito. Então quem gostaria de iniciar esse debate dizendo né, que foi favorável e quais foram os motivos. A gente poderia começar pelo ultimo grupo? Vou então a busca da ultima palestrante, por que ela trouxe né, da penúltima palestrante, ela trouxe uma argumentação dizendo os motivos pelos quais o grupo dela se posicionou dessa e daquela forma. E ai eu gostaria que vocês dissessem apenas o nome de vocês está certo?

Estudante 1: Meu nome é Estudante 1, o meu grupo, quer dizer, a sala inteira, no momento em que foi passado o projeto para a gente, a gente de certa forma não se interessou, não era um assunto que a gente tinha contato. A partir do momento que foi passado pra gente as pesquisas, a gente foi despertando certamente o interesse por que era algo que “ah, vi passar no jornal, mas na região não tem muito caso”; mas quando a gente aprofundou no assunto “foi algo que ...