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To Spray or Not to Spray
A Debate Over Malaria and DDT
Frank J. Dinan
In this case study, students grapple with the complex issues surrounding the use of DDT to control malaria in the developing world. In their examination of the issue, students consider risk/benefit analysis and the precautionary principle, two techniques used when making policy decisions involving the impact of science and technology on society. The case has been used in a senior honors seminar for both majors and non-majors dealing with the nature and impact of science and technology on society as well as in an organic chemistry course for science majors.
|Keywords:||Malaria; DDT; dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane; chemical insecticide; pesticide; disease vector control; risk benefit analysis; precautionary principle; United Nations; developing world|
|Topical Area:||Ethics, Policy issues, Scientific argumentation, Social issues, Social justice issues|
|Educational Level:||High school, Undergraduate lower division|
|Type/Method:||Dilemma/Decision, Role-Play, Student Presentations|
|Subject Headings:||Science (General) Biology (General) Chemistry (General) Public Health|
|Copyright:||Copyright held by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Please see our usage guidelines, which outline our policy concerning permissible reproduction of this work.|
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