MU Scientist Hiring Stirs Controversy
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri farm groups are crying foul over the recent hiring of a University of Missouri scientist whose research is paid for by animal rights activists.
Nicholas Genovese joined the university's flagship campus in Columbia as a visiting scholar earlier this month. His research involves artificial meat created in laboratories from animal tissues.
R. Michael Roberts is a prominent university biologist and stem cell researcher who is supervising Genovese. He says the scientist is not a university employee but is paid through a three-year grant from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Genovese declined comment.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Missouri hog producers are upset over Genovese's new role on campus.