The Forum for Genetic Research addresses current developments in the field of genetic research and the many applications considered relevant to society. In addition to scientific knowledge, the ethical, social and legal aspects are also taken into account.
The current thematic focus includes the following:
Genetic engineering is used in crop breeding to facilitate the development of plant varieties with certain improved characteristics.
A new research discipline at the interface of biology and engineering aiming to develop, build on and modify biological systems.
Certain materials, technologies and knowledge created by life science research has a potential for being misused for harmful purposes.
„Natural“ is generally equated with good and authentic while in contrast the „artificial“ is regarded with suspicion. But where does nature end and the artificial begin?
Genetic research activities in Swiss public institutions are monitored using indicators and the results compared among different countries.
The Forum for Genetic Research organizes every two years a workshop for graduate students on intellectual property protection in the life sciences.
Séances de réflexion
The Forum for Genetic Research organizes intermittent public discussion sessions on current topics in the field of genetic research.