Mosquito Engineering, Zika Virus to be discussed at Sept. 7 Forum

Mosquito Engineering, Zika Virus to be discussed at Sept. 7 Forum

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The following is news release from The University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi's University Libraries will host a Science Café with the Building with Biology Forum "Should We Engineer the Mosquito?" Wednesday, Sept. 7 in the Polymer Science Auditorium at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the university community, as well as members of the general public.

Zika is a mosquito-borne disease that has no known cure. Can synthetic biology and genetically engineered mosquitoes be the answer to fighting this disease? Join Southern Miss professors Dr. Sarah E. Morgan and Dr. Joseph R. Lott, Polymer Science and Engineering; and Dr. Donald A. Yee and Dr. Shahid Karim, Biological Sciences, for this lively and in-depth discussion about synthetic biology and genetic engineering and the related ethical and societal aspects.

The café begins at 6 p.m. and follows at 7:20 p.m. with refreshments. Registration is requested, but not required, at This program will be hosted by University Libraries Cook Library Science Café and Dr. Sherry Herron, director of the Center for Science and Mathematics Education, and supported by a grant from the National Informal Science Education Network (NISENet).

For more information, contact Tracy Englert, Science and Technology Librarian at