Publication and Presentation: Genome Editing – Interdisciplinary Technology Assessment

Alexander Lang presents the results of the published study “Genome Editing – Interdisciplinary Technology Assessment” to media representatives in Bern on 27 August 2019.

The IHS research unit Techno-Science & Societal Transformation conducted the project “Genome Editing – Interdisciplinary Technology Assessment” funded by the Foundation for Technology Assessment TA-SWISS from December 2017 to February 2019. Under the lead of Erich Griessler and coordinated by Alexander Lang, the IHS, the Graz University of Technology, the Katholische Privatuniversität Linz, and the University of Lucerne together undertook comprehensive research into different applications of Genome Editing. The study looked at opportunities and risks of CRISPR/Cas9 – and other so-called “genetic scissors” – in medicine (xenotransplantation, somatic gene therapy, germ line therapy), in agriculture (livestock and plant breeding), and in the environment (gene drives). It examined social, legal, and ethical aspects and possible impacts of these new methods for targeted modification of the DNA.

Now, the vdf Hochschulverlag an der ETH Zürich published this study as a book and a free e-book. On this occasion, Alexander Lang (IHS) and Malte Gruber (University of Lucerne) presented key findings of the study in a press conference carried out by TA-SWISS on 27 August 2019 in Bern.

The ebook can be found in the IHS’ institutional repository IRIHS: Link

More information on the project and the final report as well as a brochure and recommendations issued by TA-SWISS are available on their website: Link

The hardcover and ebook are available on the publisher's website: Link


Erich Griessler (Head of Project): egriessl(at)

Alexander Lang (Project Coordination): lang(at)