Johannes Wirz

Molecular Biologist, Goetheanum

Johannes is a molecular biologist on the staff of the Research Laboratory at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland. His current research projects include an effort to develop criteria for beekeeping that do not include chemical attacks against the varroa mite, which is proving so devastating to honey bees worldwide. He is also working on a qualitative assessment of genetically modified potatoes and a study of butterflies with a view toward the land management policies necessary for their preservation. He edits the journal, Elemente der Naturwissenschaft, and several years ago joined colleagues around Europe to found Ifgene, a scholarly network exploring the presuppositions, consequences, and moral implications of genetic engineering. (For information about Ifgene, click here.)