Join The Health Museum in association with The Smithsonian Institute for an engaging conversation about mosquitos and the diseases they transmit. Dr. Yvonne-Marie Linton, Research Director of the U.S. Army Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit, will discuss how scientists use genetic tools, such as DNA sequencing, to learn about new strains of viruses, identify causes of infection, how they diagnose new cases, and how they develop preventative vaccines to protect us.
Did you know Malaria continues to kill over 1 million people worldwide each year, mostly children under the age of 5? With increased travel and world trade, infected mosquitos and humans increase disease burdens in areas previously not effected, including the USA. As a scientist with more than 20 years of worldwide research experience, Dr. Linton will discuss the problematic issues in controlling mosquito-viral diseases and what you need to know about infectious diseases that pose a global health risk here and abroad.
Join The Health Museum in association with The Smithsonian institute on July 6th, 2017 from 5:00 p.m.- 6 p.m. for “Fighting the Bite” discussion. Access to this discussion is included in the price of admission: $8 for children 8-12 and 65+ seniors, $10 for adults, free for members. For more information, call 713 521-1515 or visit http://www.thehealthmuseum.org/.
This event is part of the Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code exhibit series, which is on display at The Health Museum from now until September 11, 2017. Genome: Unlocking Life's Code was developed and produced by the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and the National Institutes for Health's National Human Genome Research Institute in association with Science North. This exhibit was made possible in part by financial support secured by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.