Forum for Genetic Research

The Swiss Forum for Genetic Research facilitates a broad and neutral discourse about gene technology. It is concerned with the transmission of factual information about genetic research. The forum functions as an early detection center for developments in the field that might prove to be of great significance for society. The forum thus actively promotes the dialogue between society, politics, administration and science.

The Forum is an interdisciplinary working group of the «Platform Science and Policy» of the Swiss Academy of Sciences.

Find out more about the Forum under “Portrait” and about our projects under “Topics”.

News from the Forum for Genetic Research

External news

> more news on genetic research and related topics

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Biosensors for gut inflammation (Image: J. Tabor, Rice University)
  • 11.04.2017
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Synthetic biologists engineer inflammation-sensing gut bacteria

Synthetic biologists at Rice University have engineered gut bacteria capable of sensing colitis, an inflammation of the colon, in mice. The research points the way to new experiments for studying how gut bacteria and human hosts interact at a molecular level and could eventually lead to orally ingestible bacteria for monitoring gut health and disease.
Agroinfiltration bei Tabak. Foto: Christoph Lüthi, Forum Genforschung
  • 03.04.2017
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"Sustainability" Special Issue: "Organic Farming and Gene Manipulation"

An "open access" issue of the journal "Sustainability" on genetic engineering in organic agriculture
  • 28.03.2017
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Preparing for Future Products of Biotechnology

What will the likely future products of biotechnology be over the next 5–10 years? What scientific capabilities, tools, and/or expertise may be needed by the regulatory agencies to ensure they make efficient and sound evaluations of the likely future products of biotechnology? A report by the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
  • 02.03.2017
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Ständerat will Gentech-Moratorium um vier Jahre verlängern

Nach dem Nationalrat hat auch der Ständerat einer Verlängerung des Gentech-Moratoriums um vier Jahre zugestimmt. Von einem künftigen Nebeneinander von gentechnisch veränderten und natürlichen Pflanzen, wie es der Bundesrat anstrebt, wollen die Räte nichts wissen.
  • 27.02.2017
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When something useful becomes menacing – a debate on «dual use» research

The Forum for Genetic Research presents results from a discussion on the misuse potential of biological research in the form of a summary and a video.
Genomxpress Scholar Moderne Landwirtschaft
  • 07.02.2017
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Neues Unterrichtsmaterial zur modernen Landwirtschaft

Die jüngste Ausgabe des Unterrichtsmagazins GENOMXPRESS SCHOLAE zeigt auf, wie aktuelle Erkenntnisse aus Biotechnologie und Genomforschung Anwendung in der Landwirtschaft finden.


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Thematic portals of the Forum for Genetic Research

Teaser Image Green Genetic Engineering Portal

Green genetic engineering

The application of genetic engineering to crop breeding.

Teaser Image Synthetic Biology Portal

Synthetic biology

A new research discipline aiming to design, build on and modify biological systems.