Irreconcilable Differences

Science  03 Sep 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5433, pp. 1516
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5433.1516

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Tension between a trainee and an adviser is not limited to science. But postdocs with grievances may be especially powerless because of their ambiguous status--neither student nor staff--and the tremendous power that faculty members hold over them. Science gives brief descriptions of two conflicts that helped push two postdocs out of science.