Steve Connor

Steve Connor is the Science Editor of The Independent and i. 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; four times highly 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 investigations into the tobacco industry. 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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A photo issued by the European Space Agency (ESA) showing the location of the ‘Philae’ lander, which dropped into a hole on the comet just three feet away from a towering cliff

Philae lander data show comets could have brought 'building blocks of life' to Earth

The finding is further evidence in support of the theory that comets may have deposited the building blocks of life on the surface of the early Earth

Turning off street lights does not cause increase in traffic accidents or crime, says study

Researchers suggest that the evidence could be used to support further cuts in street lighting

Anxiety and depression caused by stress linked to gut bacteria living in intestines, scientists find

Anxious and depressive behaviour brought on by exposure to stress in early life appears to depend on microbes being present in the gut

A digital representation of the human genome

Crispr: Breakthrough announced in technique of 'editing' DNA to fight off deadly illnesses

Scientists say new cell therapy could protect against diabetes and cancer

Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) strands from a double helix model on display at the Science Museum April 23, 2003 in London.

Crispr: The science behind a 'game-changing' gene-editing technique

The ease and accuracy of Crispr-Cas9 has astonished molecular biologists

Mitochondrial diseases are maternally inherited

Babies born with incurable inherited diseases could soon have damaged organs restored through stem-cell treatment

A study has shown that it is possible to produce healthy stem cells that are free of genetic mutations by engineering the skin cells of an affected patient

The standard kilo is literally losing weight for some unexplained reason

How heavy is a kilogram? International scientific effort to redefine the kilo makes breakthrough

The present definition is based on a cylinder of metal locked in a French vault

A study has concluded that one in four dogs competing in Crufts is overweight

One in four dogs competing in Crufts is overweight, researchers find

'The results are concerning because show dogs are assumed to be perfect specimens of their breed and significant numbers are overweight'

Scientists found that blocking DNA-PKcs in mice with prostate cancer prevent the tumour cells from spreading

Scientists discover way of targeting 'lynchpin' molecule to prevent the spread of cancer

Experiments have shown it may be possible to prevent 'metastatic' spread

The airline industry already accounts for about 3.5 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions

Long-haul flights are taking longer - and the effect is worse fuel consumption

Journey times were found to be increasing due to erratic high-altitude winds, study finds

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