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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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The US has sent its formal notice of withdrawal from the World Health Organization, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Science reports that a draft spending bill would increase the US National Institutes of Health budget by 13 percent.

The Harvard Crimson reports that Harvard and MIT are suing the Department of Homeland Security and ICE over the new international student visa policy.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: algorithm to determine molecular sequence types and other microbial features, computational method to uncover R-loop structures, and more.