Professor Tyrone Hayes of the University of California, Berkeley, thinks he has been spied on by shadowy forces for 14 years because of his study of frog genitalia. Strangely, Professor Tyrone Hayes is right. Hayes' work on the adverse effects herbicide atrazine can have on amphibious populations drew a reaction from the herbicide's maker, Syngenta. The company, who originally paid for Hayes to study the effects of the chemical before his findings strained relations between the two parties, has engaged in a campaign to smear Hayes' reputation. The New Yorker explains what happens when a scientist draws the ire of corporation as vast as Syngenta, detailing how the firm belittled minor mistakes in studies to refocus attention away from their scientific findings, sent people to his conferences in order to ask loaded questions, and drew up an internal list of methods for discrediting the scientist that included "set trap to entice him to sue" and "investigate wife."