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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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People running.

Daily Scheduled Exercise Helps To Sync Body Clock

Physical activities in the morning, associated with daily patterns of sleep/wake cycle, convey timing information from the light-sensitive central clock in the brain to the weight-bearing skeletal tissues.
A shark.

Sharks Possess “Surprising” Bitter Taste Perception

Researchers from the University of Cologne discovered that sharks possess the same receptors that humans use to perceive bitter taste.
A graphic of a human brain.

The Brain Swiftly Identifies Human Error

Human error triggers specific neural processing in the brain, a study by Iowa University researchers has found.

A cynomolgus monkey.

World’s First Chimeric Monkey Born Using Embryonic Stem Cells

Chinese scientists report the first birth of a live chimeric monkey whose cells largely derive from a line of monkey stem cells. Their findings are published in Cell.
A person using a comb to remove head lice.

Head Lice Help Scratch the Surface of Human Evolution

A study analzyes the genetics of 275 human lice, revealing new clues about human migration.
A synthetic strain of yeast.

Half-Synthetic Yeast Engineered for the First Time

The Synthetic Yeast Genome Project 2.0 declares a major milestone: it has created a yeast strain comprising over 50% synthetic DNA.
An artist's sketch of a plague.

What Are We Still Learning About Ancient Pathogens and Diseases?

Insight into the history of human–pathogen interactions, how different societies responded to disease and the origin of pathogens supports our understanding of human health and evolution. We explore what we're still learning about ancient pathogens and diseases.
A TEM image of a satellite virus latching on to its helper virus.

Viruses Can Latch Onto One Another

"MiniFlayer" is the first known instance of a satellite virus that does not possess a gene enabling it to access its host's DNA. To do this, it requires help from "MindFlayer", which it attaches to.
A person experiencing dizziness.

Vagal Sensory Neurons Trigger Fainting Reflex

A collaborative team of scientists identifies sensory neurons that control fainting. These findings lay the groundwork for the dissection of other cardiovascular reflex arcs involving the heart and the brain.
A body of water.

How an Unexpected Discovery in a University Pond Changed the DNA Rulebook

A recent discovery, published in PLoS Genetics, challenges the “rulebook” of DNA. We speak with the first author, Dr. Jamie McGowan, to learn about the accidental finding and what it means for synthetic biology.