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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Pflanzenblätter in Violett enthalten das Algengen für CVDE. Dadurch sind sie wieder fähig, sich vor Lichtenergie zu schützen.
  • 23.09.2016
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Algenenzym öffnet neue Wege zur effizienteren Photosynthese

Ein neu entdecktes Enzym schützt Algen vor übermässiger Lichteinstrahlung und lässt sich auch auf Pflanzen übertragen. Diese Entdeckung eröffnet neue Möglichkeiten, um die Photosynthese von Pflanzen zu verbessern, ohne die Pflanzen dabei zu schädigen. Wenn die Photosynthese in Nutzpflanzen optimiert werden könnte, liesse sich auch ihre Produktivität erhöhen.
Specimen bag for biological sample. Image: A. Chiang (flickr).
  • 23.09.2016
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Awareness and responsibility in academia: a bottom up approach to address the misuse potential of biological research

In spring 2016, over 40 life scientists from Swiss academic institutions discussed ways on how to address the misuse potential of biological research at three workshops. The results of these discussion sessions are now available in a short report.
  • 09.09.2016
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Effect of genetically modified crops on the environment

A comprehensive and evidence-based report about the environmental impact of GM crops on the environment, published by the Belgian research institute VIB.
A ruthenium-based artificial metalloenzyme catalyses a new-to-nature olefin metathesis reaction in the bacterium E. coli. (Image: NCCR Molecular Systems Engineering)
  • 06.09.2016
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Bringing artificial enzymes closer to nature

Swiss scientists have developed an artificial enzyme that catalyses a reaction inside of cells without equivalent in nature. This could be a prime example for creating new non-natural metabolic pathways inside living cells.
CRISPR Mahlzeit
  • 06.09.2016
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Die wahrscheinlich erste CRISPR-Mahlzeit

In Schweden hat ein Wissenschaftler eine Mahlzeit mit CRISPR-Zutaten zubereitet.


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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.