New Applications of DNA Analysis

On 8th March 2019, IHS hosted the kick-off meeting for its new project “New applications of DNA analysis: prospects and risks. An interdisciplinary technology assessment.”

The project is funded by the Swiss Foundation for Technology Assessment (TA-SWISS) and deals with genetic tests directly marketed to consumers for lifestyle purposes (e.g. nutrition counseling) or ancestry research as well as the use of DNA analysis for forensic means (DNA-phenotyping). It reviews the state of the art of DNA analysis in these areas and analyses opportunities and risks including the ethical, legal, and social implications of these approaches.

The research project is coordinated by the IHS research group Techno-Science and Societal Transformation and designed and implemented together with Open Science and the University of Luzern.