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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Radioactive fallout and the lessons of Chernobyl

We cannot see radioactive contamination without the help of specialised equipment, but the mere risk of it being present is nevertheless enough for the authorities to evacuate inhabitants within a certain radius of the stricken plant.

A segment of human intestine has been grown in laboratory mice for the first time as part of research that could one day produce transplant 'spare parts' for repairing diseased tissues and organs using a patient’s own skin cells

Human intestine grown in mouse for first time as scientists say there is hope to create 'spare parts' for people

Whole organs, composed of a complex arrangement of specialised tissues, could one day be made inside a patient’s body

Denis Duboule

French scientist admits to making up saucy acronyms for genetics research papers as part of a dare

'You have to visualise these French postdocs thinking it over a Friday beer,' Professor Duboule says

Russell Edwards, left, and Dr Jari Louhelainen with the shawl

Jack the Ripper: Scientist who claims to have identified notorious killer has 'made serious DNA error'

'Error of nomenclature' undermines case against Polish immigrant barber accused of carrying out the atrocities in 1888
Ebola, which has swept through West Africa killing nearly 1,000, could have a vaccine by 2015

Ebola: Don't rely on vaccine to curb epidemic this summer, say drug firms

One expert says aim was to immunise frontline healthcare workers and other first responders in West Africa by January

The brain networks in two brain damaged patients (left and middle), one of whom imagined playing tennis (middle), alongside a healthy adult (right)

Vegetative patients may be more conscious of the world than we think

Cambridge study shows brain-damaged patients responding to simple new test

A recreation of the short-faced marsupial, which died out when modern humans arrived in Australia

The mystery of the extinct giant kangaroo is solved – it didn't hop, it walked

The giant Sthenurus – dead for 30,000 years – was three times the size of the modern-day kangaroo

A patient undergoes an eye test. File photo

Stem cell trial cures blindness for many patients - with no side effects

Phase one surgery trial to cure macular degeneration hailed as a success

Kary Mullis: The man who cracked ‘cold cases’ with a DNA revolution

Kary Mullis’s LSD-inspired invention changed the world, but his take on HIV is controversial

Lung cancer has a low rate of survival, with just 10 per cent of patients still being alive five years after diagnosis

Lung cancers can 'lie dormant' in ex-smokers for up to 20 years before they become aggressive

The researchers carried out a genetic analysis of the tumour cells from seven lung-cancer patients and found a surprising variation within each tumour

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Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

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British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

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