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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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Embryonic development.

Virus Guides Embryo Development After Infecting Primitive Organisms Millions of Years Ago

Millions of years ago, ancient retroviruses infected some of the world’s earliest organisms. Now, the remnants of their genome in modern organism's DNA helps to shape the process of embryonic development.
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Diagnostic Test Detects Ovarian Cancer With 93% Accuracy

Researchers have developed a machine learning-based classifier, which utilizes metabolic profiles of serum samples, to accurately identify people with ovarian cancer.
A child in bed unwell.

Bacterial Meningitis Causes Lifelong Effects in One-Third of Children

A new study by researchers at the Karolinska Institute, published in JAMA Network Open, sheds some light on the long-term effects of bacterial meningitis.
A person looking up to the sky.

What Role Does Beauty Have in the World of Science?

In this interview, Dr. Brandon Vaidyanathan describes what is meant by “beauty” in science, how it can be studied and the implications of such research.
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What Happens in the Human Brain After Taking DMT?

How, exactly, DMT alters brain function to produce positive effects observed in clinical trials is not yet clear, though a study from scientists at Imperial College London has shed some light.
A man carrying his child.

Semen Microbiome Could Be Linked to Male Infertility

A new study from UCLA researchers found that a species of bacteria within the semen microbiome is associated with lower sperm mobility, which could contribute to male factor infertility.
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More People Are Living to 100 Than Ever Before

New data from the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates that 15,120 centenarians were living in England and Wales in 2022, a 3.7% increase from 2021.
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What We Know – And Don’t Know – About PCOS

Up to 70% of women affected by polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) remain undiagnosed worldwide. In this article, we take a deep dive into the PCOS research landscape. How is the disorder diagnosed? What causes it? What treatments are available?
An elephant seal.

Bird Flu Strikes Seals in Sub-Antarctica

Bird flu has been detected in mammals on the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia, according to a report by the UK Government's Animal and Plant Health Agency.
A picture of a tardigrade.

Extremophiles Reveal a New Dimension of the Genome

Distantly related extremophiles have been found to share genetic signatures that result from their adaptation to a specific “harsh” environment. The study, by University of Waterloo researchers, is published in Scientific Reports.