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.

Ongoing projects

Social Freezing

«Social freezing» refers to the practice of harvesting and freezing a woman’s eggs (cryopreservation) so they can be used for a pregnancy later in life.

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Completed projects

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.

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A molecular scalpel for intervention in the genome:

Opportunities and risks associated with genome editing
Abridged version of the study «Genome Editing»

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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.

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Eggs from the freezer:

The benefits and risks of social freezing
Abridged version of the study «Social Freezing – Kinderwunsch auf Eis»

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Quantified self - halfway between lifestyle and medicine (2018)

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Prenatal Genetic Diagnostics (2016)

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Synthetic Biology (2014)

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Personalised Medicine (2014)

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Nanomaterials: Effects on Environment and Health (2013)

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«Nanotechnology» (2013)

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Robotics and autonomous devices in social and health care (2012)

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Usefulness and costs of medical treatments (2012)

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Human Enhancement (2011)

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Anti-Ageing Medicine - Myths and Chances (2008)

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Impact Assessment of Neuroimaging (2006)

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Pharmacogenomics (2004)

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Young people discuss research on human beings (2004)

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Research on Human Beings (2004)

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Human stem cells (2003)

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In-vitro fertilisation (2003)

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Nanotechnology in medicine (2003)

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Research on embryonic stem cells (2002)

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Psychological and social aspects of echography in early pregnancy (2001)

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Cellular xenotransplants (2001)

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