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

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Fütterungsversuche für Lebensmittel werden häufig an Ratten durchgeführt. Bild: Janet Stephens, National Cancer Institute, USA.
  • 19.07.2016
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Thérapie génique : réguler l’expression d’un gène grâce à un régime alimentaire particulier

Des recherches fondamentales dans le domaine de la nutrition ont permis de mettre au point, chez l’animal, un système de régulation de l’expression d’un gène grâce à un régime alimentaire particulier qui ouvre des applications thérapeutiques originales. Développé par une équipe de l’Unité de nutrition humaine (Inra, Université d’Auvergne), en collaboration avec des chercheurs de l’Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle épinière (CNRS, Inserm, AP-HP, UPMC), cet outil permet de contrôler l’expression d’une protéine thérapeutique et de la diffuser localement de manière intermittente en fonction des besoins. Ces résultats viennent d’être publiés dans la revue Nature Biotechnology.
  • 07.07.2016
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Special issue on new plant breeding techniques

The journal Plant Cell Reports dedicates a special issue to the revolutionary techniques. It is open access and includes research articles, reviews and opinion papers.
Golden Rice
  • 01.07.2016
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Laureates Letter Supporting Precision Agriculture (GMOs)

More than 100 Nobel laureates have signed a letter urging Greenpeace to end its opposition to genetically modified organisms.
Biotechnologie in der Schweiz: Zwischen Risiko und Innovation
  • 24.06.2016
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Biotechnologie in der Schweiz: Zwischen Risiko und Innovation

Das Bundesamt für Umwelt (BAFU) veröffentlicht einen Bericht über die Biosicherheit in Schweizer Landwirtschaft und Forschung
Gene-Drives, Report NAS
  • 13.06.2016
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Gene Drives on the Horizon: Advancing Science, Navigating Uncertainty, and Aligning Research with Public Values

Research on gene drive systems is rapidly advancing. Many proposed applications of gene drive research aim to solve environmental and public health challenges, including the reduction of poverty and the burden of vector-borne diseases, such as malaria and dengue, which disproportionately impact low and middle income countries. However, due to their intrinsic qualities of rapid spread and irreversibility, gene drive systems raise many questions with respect to their safety relative to public and environmental health. Because gene drive systems are designed to alter the environments we share in ways that will be hard to anticipate and impossible to completely roll back, questions about the ethics surrounding use of this research are complex and will require very careful exploration.


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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.