PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh has retained a firm to conduct an independent review of the school’s fetal tissue research practices to ensure total compliance with state and federal guidelines. Rep. Natalie Mihalek of Allegheny & Washington Counties, who is a Pitt alumnus, voiced support for the university’s decision to conduct the review. She said, “When controversy first arose over this program, I concurred with the university’s leadership that the best path forward was an open and transparent review by an independent third party.” Members of the state Legislature and pro-life groups have called the university’s practices into question after accusations that the university conducted inhumane, unethical, taxpayer-funded experiments on body parts from aborted babies. Pitt consistently has refuted any wrongdoing.