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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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In PLOS this week: analysis of viral sequences from human blood samples, gut microbiomes of heart failure patients, and more.