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This Week in PLoS

In a PLoS Genetics paper published this week, the University of Oxford's Aris Katzourakis and Robert Gifford identify 10 non-retroviral endogenous viral elements — including "the first endogenous representatives of double-stranded RNA" — in animal genomes. Using an in silico approach, Katzourakis and Gifford analyzed these endogenous viral elements across multiple host species.

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In PLOS this week: genetic study of breast cancer in Egyptian families, mutations linked to cleft lip and palate, and more.

Council Bluffs, Iowa, schools are encouraging more girls to pursue STEM courses, according to the Associated Press.

Because of new open-access requirements, Gates Foundation-funded researchers can't publish in some top journals, Nature News reports.

In Science this week: deletion of one microRNA allows pluripotent stem cells to form embryonic and non-embryonic lineages, and more.