Steve Connor

Steve Connor is the Science Editor of The Independent. He has won many awards for his journalism, including five-times winner of the prestigious British science writers’ award; the David Perlman Award of the American Geophysical Union; twice commended as specialist journalist of the year in the UK Press Awards; UK health journalist of the year and a special merit award of the European School of Oncology for his investigative journalism. He has a degree in zoology from the University of Oxford and has a special interest in genetics and medical science, human evolution and origins, climate change and the environment.

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Melinda Gates speaks at Chatham House yesterday

The word of Mrs Gates: 'Invest in a woman and you invest in everyone'

Steve Connor is treated to a tour de force from the woman who helped divert the Microsoft billions to those most in need

Two leading scientists have said creating IVF embryos with a third party is a viable way of offering women affected by mitochondrial disorders the opportunity of having their own biological children who will be free of the diseases.

Benefits of 'three-parent babies' will likely outweigh the risks, experts claim

Senior science advisers write in praise of controversial mitochondrial transfer technique

The tapeworm was found in the man's brain

Four years of excruciating seizures caused by the 1cm tapeworm found burrowing through a man's brain

Only 300 cases of Spirometra erinaceieuropaei have been reported worldwide - and never in Britain

Reindeer graze on lichen in Norway – when it isn’t covered by ice

Reindeer threatened after heavy rains in Norway freeze their food solid

Freak temperature fluctuations are a new danger

In the test, participants were asked to repeatedly flip a coin and report the results

Bankers are more likely to cheat, at least according to one worrying experiment

“Our results suggest that the banking industry undermines the honesty norm"

A study has found that a commonly used anti-bacterial agent added to bathroom and kitchen products, Triclosan, promotes the growth of liver tumours in mice fed relatively large quantities of the substance

Triclosan: Soap ingredient can trigger liver cancer in mice, warn scientists

Despite other scientists calling for caution over findings, researchers say chemical may cause similar changes in people

A senior science adviser has warned that plans to allow the creation of so-called “three-parent” in vitro fertilisation (IVF) babies as early as next year are premature because of unresolved safety concerns about the future health of the children

Exclusive: The three-parent baby trap - is new IVF technique safe?

Britain is set to become the first country in the world to allow a procedure that promises to prevent inherited disorders being passed on. But from the US comes a warning that we may be acting prematurely

Rosetta's lander Philae is safely on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Rosetta: Philae probe lands in the shade – prompting fears over battery life

Rosetta's lead scientist: "What is really amazing is not the degree of failure but the degree of success"

Scientists celebrate at a mission observation centre in Toulouse, southern France as they receive information that Philae has landed on the Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet

Rosetta space mission: Philae probe lands on Comet 67P

'This is the most difficult landing in space history,' claims one space scientist

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Oeuf quake

Bill Granger's cracking egg recipes
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