According to a news source, the Peruvian Superior Court has agreed to hear an appeal filed by a medical sciences biotechnologist convicted of defamation by a lower court for criticizing another scientist whose research allegedly showed that genetically modified (GM) maize had been illegally planted in a valley on the Peruvian coast. The researcher, Antonietta Gutierrez, apparently chose to seek redress through the courts when her work was questioned by Ernesto Bustamante, vice president of the Peruvian Association of Biologists, an undertaking that has drawn condemnation from the nation’s scientists. Claiming that “the verdict destroys the integrity of science,” they have urged other scientists to sign a declaration in support of Bustamante, claiming that the law explicitly exempts scientific critiques from defamation’s scope. See Crop Bulletin Update, May 20, 2010.