By Andy Coghlan in Sheffield A growing tide of hate mail being received by British government advisers on genetic engineering could make it difficult to find scientists to deliver the expert advice the government needs. So claims Janet Bainbridge of the University of Teeside, who chairs the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes, which considers the safety of genetically modified food. “If the campaign continues, and it’s getting quite militant, scientists are going to say `I don’t want to be on an advisory committee’,” Bainbridge told the British Association. “There’s nothing in it for them, and they don’t get paid.” Bainbridge adds that even the most indirect links with industry are being used by campaigners to argue that government advisers are inherently biased. By these criteria, she says, it’s just about impossible to identify independent experts. Bainbridge says she has a student on placement with Nestlé, the food company. “Does this compromise my independence?