This Week in PLoS

In PLoS Genetics this week, researchers at the University of Montreal report on their investigation of “age-dependent recombination rates in human pedigrees,” in which they found a previously unreported “significant decrease in recombination rates with advancing maternal age.” The Montreal team says this effect seems to be localized, and may be in part “responsible for the higher rates of aneuploidy in older women.”

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A former Penn State Hershey Medical Center staffer has admitted to lying about skipping mandatory steps of genetic cancer tests he performed, the Associated Press reports.

The genome of a rare, red bat suggests that its effective population size has been in decline for thousands of years, according to a PLOS One study.

In Nature this week: investigation into the genetics of medulloblastoma, and more.

A project in the UK is to use genomic selection to speed spruce tree growth, according to Innovators Magazine.