Continuing on with the science communication and politics theme, Nina chats with Dr. Jenny Carlson, medical entomologist, about her trip down to Florida last summer to talk to citizens about the benefits of releasing genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes to combat mosquito borne diseases like Zika and Dengue.
Wise words from Jenny: “Sometimes life will take you in the most unexpected direction if you open yourself up to opportunities- my personal philosophy in life is to experience as much as possible. My path has changed many time within the realm of science, but one thing is for sure, science is one of my greatest loves and because of that I need to advocate for it. Little did I know that my expertise in mosquito biology would lead me to defend for the release of genetically modified mosquitoes in Key West, FL.”
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Links for this episode
- Fight Zika with mosquitos ft Jenny: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/deepdive/fighting-zika-40277607
- Small island, big experiment: http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/zika-mosquito-florida-vote/?ex_cid=story-facebook
- Podcast pick from Jenny: http://www.radiolab.org/story/playing-god/
- Oxitec – company that produces mosquitoes with self-limiting gene, when passed on to young, aids in mosquito population suppression with aim of decreasing disease transmission