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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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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.

RSV Can Infect Nerve Cells

A new study has shown, for the first time, that RSV can infect nerve cells and enter the spinal cord via peripheral nerves. The research, published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases was conducted in vitro.
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Gene Editing Boosts Heat-Resistant Wheat Hopes

A study has validated the role of the gene DMC1 in protecting meiosis in wheat when temperatures fluctuate.
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High Folic Acid and Low B12 Impairs Mouse Brain Development

Getting the right amount of folic acid intake is important for women who are planning to become – or are – pregnant. A new study in mice suggests excessive folic acid, and low vitamin B12, could cause adverse changes in neuronal development.
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Male Gym-Goers Unaware of Fertility Risks From Lifestyle and Protein

A study found that men were largely unaware of the risks to their fertility from aspects of gym lifestyle including protein supplements, used by 79% of male respondents.
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There’s More to the Vagus Nerve Than “Rest and Digest”

Professor Nils Kroemer outlines a theory that vagal afferent pathway helps to support transitions between different survival modes, and regulates reward signaling.
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The Issue of Inheritance in Epigenome Editing

Epigenome editing has emerged as a tool that would likely pose fewer ethical issues compared to the permanence of genome editing. However, emerging research is demonstrating that epigenetic changes might be heritable, at least in some organisms.
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The Landscape of Agricultural Biotechnology

This article will explore the differences between genetically-modified and gene-edited organisms in food and agriculture, including the methods by which they are produced.
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Second “Code of Life” Cracked by AI

Researchers have cracked the second "code of life". In an exclusive interview with Technology Networks they explain how.
Coal mine waters.

New CRISPR Systems Discovered in Coal Mine Waters

In the journal Science, Professor Feng Zhang and colleagues published a new search algorithm: Fast Locality-Sensitive Hashing-based clustering, or FLSHclust.