Since 2005, the Forum for Genetic Research has regularly addressed the topic of synthetic biology. Which chances and risks are linked to this emerging research field? Which ethical and societal questions should be considered? Are there new legal guidelines that are required? To address these questions, the Forum engages in a dialogue with science and politicians, authorities and the interested public.
The Forum for Genetic Research runs a thematic portal on synthetic biology. A list of our publications and activities on this topic can be found below.
All projects on synthetic biology are currently completed.
An overview of earlier publications and activities on the topic of synthetic biology. Further information is also available on our thematic portal on synthetic biology.
Research breakthroughs and social impact - Young scientists debate synthetic biology
February 16th 2016, Lausanne
In collaboration with BIO•FICTION and Life Sciences Switzerland
From genetic engineering to synthetic biology - new opportunities, new risks? (in German and French)
November 2nd 2010, Bern
In collaboration with the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW) and the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEV)
Find out more about synthetic biology on our thematic portal
Synthetic biology: An introduction
Synthetic biology: a new engineering discipline (in German)
Patent-related aspects of CRISPR-Cas technology
ALLEA Statement, 2016