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”.

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Biotechnologie in der Schweiz: Zwischen Risiko und Innovation
  • 24.06.2016
  • Forum for Genetic Research
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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.
  • 07.06.2016
  • Agroscope Reckenholz
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Agroscope plant Feldversuch mit gentechnisch verändertem Winterweizen

Agroscope und Forschende des Leibniz-Instituts für Pflanzengenetik und Kulturpflanzenforschung IPK wollen gemeinsam einen Feldversuch mit gentechnisch verändertem Winterweizen auf der Protected Site in Zürich durchführen. Bei diesem Weizen wurde der Zuckertransport verändert und damit das Ertragspotenzial erhöht. Das Bewilligungsgesuch für den Feldversuch hat Agroscope im April beim Bundesamt für Umwelt BAFU eingereicht.
Rand eines Feldes mit ± ausgewachsenem, aber noch nicht ganz erntereifem Mais (Zea mays) im nordöstlichen Niedersachsen, Deutschland.
  • 02.06.2016
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GM crops: global socio-economic and environmental impacts 1996 - 2014

PG Economics has analysed the existing body of peer reviewed literature available that has examined the socio-economic and environmental impacts associated with GM crop adoption since they were first commercially planted on a significant area.
New developments in engineering plant metabolic pathways
  • 27.05.2016
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New developments in engineering plant metabolic pathways

A review of the current state-of-the-art in plant engineering. The publication presents how:
- Plant metabolic pathways can be reconstituted in heterologous hosts.
- Metabolism in crop plants can be engineered to improve the production of biofuels.
- Crops can be engineered to express metabolic pathways that improve human health.


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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.

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Synthetic biology

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