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Posted 02.23.06

MU Researcher Named One of Midwest's Top 20 Scientists

Peter SutovskyCOLUMBIA, Mo. -- The Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization, an association working to advance life sciences in the Midwest, on Feburary 13 named Peter Sutovsky, assistant professor of animal sciences at MU, one of the “Midwest's top 20 scientists.”

The distinction includes an invitation for Sutovsky to present his research findings at the organization’s BIO 2006 conference to be held in Chicago in April. Sutovsky and his research will also appear in a "20 People You Should Know" exhibit at the conference.

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BIO 2006, one of the world’s largest biotechnology gatherings, will feature more than 150 sessions and workshops, organizers say. It will also include the world's largest biotech-partnering forum, six plenary sessions, and some 1,500 exhibitors. More than 20,000 people from close to 60 countries are expected to attend.

The Midwest Research University Network and Thomas Sharpe, director of MU’s Office of Technology & Special Projects, nominated Sutovsky on the basis of his groundbreaking investigations of sperm function and fertility in humans and livestock. In 2005, Sutovsky earned a National Research Initiative (NRI) Discovery Award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for developing of an infertility test kit which can detect hidden abnormalities not detectable through conventional semen analysis.



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