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Molly Campbell

Senior Science Writer

In the editorial team Molly reports on a broad range of scientific topics, covering the latest breaking news and writing long-form pieces for The Scientific Observer. She is a fervent believer that science – and science communications – should be accessible to everyone. In 2020, she created the Teach Me in 10 video series, where weekly guests discuss and teach a scientific concept in less than 10 minutes. Prior to joining Technology Networks in 2019, Molly worked as a clinical research associate in the NHS and as a freelance science writer. She has a first-class honors degree in neuroscience from the University of Leeds and received a Partnership Award for her efforts in science communication.

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Only 15% of People Sleep the Recommended Amount

A new study by Flinders University calculated just how challenging it is for adults to sleep the recommended 7-9 hours per night. Only 31% of people sleep 7-9 hours for five or more nights per week.
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New Cell Culture Model Identifies Potential ALS Drug Target

Using the new cell culture model "iNets", University of Zurich researchers identified a missing link between aberrant TDP-43 behavior and neuronal cell death: a toxic accumulation of NPTX2, a protein that is usually secreted through the synapses.
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Ancient DNA Reveals Down Syndrome in Historical Populations

A new study scoured ~10,000 ancient genomes in search of trisomies, such as Down Syndrome. Combined with archeological analyses, the data reveal how these infants were perceived in ancient societies.
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The Brain Might Not Be a Blank Slate at Birth After All

Locke argued that the brain is a "tabula rasa" at birth. Neurobiology has mostly agreed with this notion, until recently. Dr. George Dragoi presents a new theory for neurodevelopment that points to the existence of a pre-existing dynamic in the brain.
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The Next Chapter of Science

Join us as we explore how innovation, ethics and even aesthetics look set to influence the landscape of life science research, creating new possibilities for treating human diseases, feeding our growing population and nurturing the scientists of the future.
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When Pancake Day Ends in a Trip to the Emergency Department

Oral mite anaphylaxis (OMA), or "pancake syndrome", is characterized by symptoms of moderate to severe acute allergic reactions after eating mite-contaminated foods.
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1 Million Unannotated Exons Discovered in the Human Genome

Over two decades after the first human genome was sequenced, a team of researchers has discovered ~1 million new exons in the human genome.
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Immune Cell Enzyme Links the Body and Brain During Stress

A collaboration of scientists provide new evidence that a specific immune cell enzyme is increased in stressed mice, and in patients with major depressive disorder.
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Ancient Brain Region's Important Role in Vision Discovered

By applying optogenetic techniques to turn off neurons in the superior colliculus, researchers have discovered this brain structure's important function in visual processing.
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Why Are Women at a Greater Risk of Autoimmune Disease?

A new study by Stanford University Scientists shows how X chromosome inactivation might explain why women are at greater risk of autoimmune disease.