Action for Genomic integrity through Research!

We are looking into long associations over time and space...

 Watch this space and let us know if you would like to know more...

Not so long ago, we held our 11th General Assembly meeting in Ecublens, at the Hackuarium common space (Route de Crochy 20 on 22 February 2024).

It was very nice, with the core group, and even Céline on zoom...  Rachel, Carol and Halyna are still in the board as, respectively, CSO, CFO and Secretary, and look forward to a great year ahead.

We already celebrated for the 10 year anniversary on the big day, 16sept23,  with a Pizza Party attended locally in Switzerland by 29 people (and one small dog)!  

We were happy to hear that 'glocal' activities to allow people to be part of the celebration, wherever they are, also happened!  Some flyers were distributed and others talked with their friends about avoidable risks and getting enough sleep and magnesium.  All of those involved are encouraged to make the most out of every encounter,  looking forward to making more impact in our next decade!  

Here is Ukrainian for what we had been saying in social media, just before the anniversary:

Цієї суботи нашому AGiR! виповнюється 10 років!  Щоб допомогти "відсвяткувати", будь ласка, скажіть усім, кого ви знаєте, щоб вони отримували достатньо магнію та добре висипалися!  (на додачу до уникнення діяльності та інгредієнтів, що викликають занепокоєння, які ви можете...)

(Here is the english version, that DeepL started from:

Our AGiR! had its 10th anniversary on Saturday 16 sept 2023!  To help ‘celebrate’ this decade of raising public awareness, in the decade to come, too, please tell everyone you know to get enough magnesium & good nights’ sleeps!  (in addition to avoiding the activities and ingredients of concern that you can...))

       Wondering if people would like merch with this?  mugs/tshirts??  This is a start... Tell us if you want more!

Hoping for peace still, with our one page summary, in Ukrainian!  

(diyakuyou, Mariia!!   So glad some brave soldiers were allowed to return to their families...  -in reference to some great news in April 2023)

Rachel Aronoff  

Seeing is Believing

image from the Corona Detective assay R&D, used for the Global Community Biosummit 2021 


AGiR! has already celebrated its first 10 years, and the association looks forward to more impact this next decade!   Join us spreading the word, if you can!  (ask for your fave language if it is missing for the flyer, please...)

We keep learning more! Still very amazed by this recent paper that shows plants can 'deliver' mRNAs via membranes to fungal pathogen cells, where they are expressed to reduce infection!  They've been termed 'lipid bubbles' and highlight a whole new aspect of genomic integrity!

Here is one example about how protecting our cells can affect our full body...  

just putting on skin cream might help normalize blood levels of inflammatory cytokines!

A previous big news item was around how endogenous retroviruses may not just be bad news and can be found expressed widely in healthy tissues... This PLOSBio article discusses the issue more.  It would be great to think that retroviral-related elements (some making up about 10% of our genomes!) are not just trouble...

Want to discuss this or other genomic integrity issues more?  We will get back to you if you write us (via the form from the Contact Us page - see the menu)!  =)

Thanks to everyone who took action to make more people aware of the risks of tanning booths and salons, especially for adolescents!

(We encouraged people to visit local tanning booth businesses with our old flyer (in the language preferred - Ukrainian is our 17th translation) and discuss risks to health that can be readily avoided. 

Contact us if you would like to join in for future actions, and also act to sustain the future of AGiR!  

(also, please let us know if you would like us to organize another special chocolate sale!  =D )

materials design in ancient practices.









Shih Wei-Chieh 


Shih Wei Chieh  works with wearable art, e-textile, and laser audiovisuals.  Focussed on how the discipline “art” could be expanded with “new media,"  his “Laser Dye” project in 2015 generated cyanotype images with a laser source. 

To expand the connection between different communities by creating crafts commons, Shih founded Tribe Against Machine, an attempt/platform to link art, hacktivism, material science, and ancient culture.

@weiweiweiwear It seeks inspiration See more of his work for our ART Call!

materials design in ancient practices.  He is based in Taiwan, and can be contacted...   

AGiR! had its first general assembly meeting on 16 September 2013.

This image was used a couple of years ago, when our Swiss association celebrated its 8th anniversary!

With special links to the community laboratory Hackuarium, finding this cake in Instagram (by Stephanie Dillon, LS1 Hy-Vee), seemed very lucky!  =)


'agir' (aahhh-jzeer' or IPA  /a.ʒiʁ/ ) means 'to act' in French 

The public service association, AGiR!, founded near the shore of Lake Geneva, in a French-speaking part of Switzerland,  acts to provide information and promote research to help protect genomic integrity - even at this very instant, by you reading the start of this website!

   Find out more by clicking in the menu (left)!     

a new and improved landing site for our domain in general is still of interest- contact us, please if you are a keenie with ideas! =)

Please do continue to post the old flyers in your favorite language(s),  especially where people still smoke cigarettes!

Our most recent submission for the Art Call was from an awesome  artist, Shih Wei-Chieh - based in Taiwan! (see above! and get the zip link of more also diy in a way!)

More Art Call submissions are always very welcome!!   Art helps for science communication, they say...

(sometimes adds incentive for funding, too - so designers do not shy off of contacting us too - your projects are essential - it is the interdisciplinarity that is amazing also in this community context, plus the ideal of life-long learning...  Try it!)

**for those who just joined us:  =) 

 Genomic integrity is meant to include all molecular and genetic elements of cells!  Active maintenance of these molecules and their 

free interplay is essential for proper dynamic function (aka 'health').

 Action for Genomic integrity through Research (AGiR!) aims to both raise awareness of the many things we choose to do which impact genomic integrity and define reliable and quantitative measurements suitable for controlled human studies and risk analysis.  

Easy ways to protect genomic integrity are also recommended!  

    Check it out!  (click any menu item, left!)


    See a 'still' version of the logo at higher resolution by clicking on it in the sidebar.   

If you would like a quick 'take-home' about the key focus, aims and goals of this Swiss Association, please visit the 'Summary/Flyer' page, where translations of the 

AGiR! flyer can now be found in many different languages!  

Follow @AGIRgenomes