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Sure, maybe management did make some questionable decisions, and perhaps the PI was especially tough to work for. But a resignation letter is probably not the best place to bring that up, Suzanne Lucas notes at her Evil HR Lady blog.

"Exit interviews and resignation letters should be thought of as marketing documents just as much as your résumé is," Lucas says. "If you leave in a spectacular way, telling everyone how rotten your boss is, it will get around." Plus, she adds, by providing negative feedback at this stage, "you have nothing to gain … and plenty to lose."

While it might feel great, airing out unfavorable feelings about a job while leaving it will likely do more harm than good, Lucas says. "Exit interviews can mention non-confrontational things like opportunity/more money/returning to school/changing industries," Lucas says, "but not bad managers, unfair practices, and how you never got to use vacation days."

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.