Explore life – shape the future
The «healthcare market» is a broad field – new products and procedures are constantly being developed, and new techniques continually lead to new discoveries.
The key area «biotechnology and medicine» also covers related topics such as healthcare, nutrition, agriculture or environmental protection. All of these topics are dynamically interrelated with society, the economy and politics, and affect our everyday lives.
Knowledge in the system of social values
The new knowledge that researchers are continuously creating leads to new possibilities – and often to new ethical challenges as well. Where the boundaries for research are set depends on the system of social values and on personal attitudes. A binding legal standard can often only be established by political means. Thus, when the referendum was held in November 2014, 64.4 percent of those entitled to vote in Switzerland expressed their clear support for research on embryonic stem cells.
Help in forming opinions
In its projects, TA-SWISS takes up controversial topics and facilitates opinion forming by means of as balanced a presentation as possible on selected medical and biotechnological topics.
A molecular scalpel for intervention in the genome:
Opportunities and risks associated with genome editing
Abridged version of the study «Genome Editing»
Genome Editing – Interdisziplinäre Technikfolgenabschätzung
Lang A., Spök A., Gruber M., Harrer D., Hammer C., Winkler F., Kaelin L., Hönigmayer H., Sommer A., Wuketich M., Fuchs M., Griessler E. (2019): Genome Editing – Interdisziplinäre Technikfolgenabschätzung. In TA-SWISS Publikationsreihe (Hrsg.): TA 70/2019. Zürich: vdf.
Available as Book or open access download.
Social Freezing - Kinderwunsch auf Eis
Fässler, S., Aebi-Müller, R., Müller, F., Hertig, V., Lueger, A., Kind, Ch., Balthasar, A. (2019). Social
Freezing – Kinderwunsch auf Eis. In TA-SWISS Publikationsreihe (Hrsg.): TA 69/2019. Zürich: vdf
Available as Book (ISBN 978-3-7281-3962-7) or open access download.
Eggs from the freezer:
The benefits and risks of social freezing
Abridged version of the study «Social Freezing – Kinderwunsch auf Eis»