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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Genetically modified embryos are a divisive issue among scientists

Genetically modified embryos: a panacea for mankind – or a crime against scientific ethics?

The research published from China this week has provoked a feverish bout of soul-searching - Steve Connor reports expert opinion is divided

The research has raised ethical concerns about the possibility of creating 'GM humans'

Scientists genetically modify DNA of human embryo in effort to eliminate inherited diseases

The research by scientists in China raised ethical concerns about the possibility of creating 'GM humans'

Scientists injected mice with strands of RNA that stimulate immune t-cells to seek out and destroy aggressive tumours

'Personalised' cancer vaccine moves a step closer

The therapeutic vaccine stimulates the immune system to attack cancer cells

The sun balances next to St Albans Church in Earsdon, North Tyneside. Temperatures in Briatin this week equalled the Mediterranean island of Ibiza

Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris

Researchers have drawn up a summary of preventative measures for the UN

Biotechnologist Dr. Swapan Datta inspects a 'Golden Rice' plant at the International Rice Research InstituteBiotechnologist Dr. Swapan Datta inspects a 'Golden Rice' plant at the International Rice Research Institute

Scientists behind 'golden rice' GM crop to receive humanitarian award from the White House

The rice could become a staple food that saves millions of lives

The clock, built from instructions in a book from the 18th century, completes its test

John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test

A Hubble image of a pillar of gas and dust that is being eaten away by the light from nearby stars in the Carina nebula, located 7,500 light years away

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release, and its scientists and engineers were vilified - how differently we see it today

Inside the construction, where reports indicate much of the work may have to be redone over several years

French nuclear power plant failures: There can be no margin for further error

Whatever the outcome of further tests ordered by the French watchdog, Areva has to convince the Office for Nuclear Regulation that it knows what it is doing

The study, led by Takefumi Kikusui of Azabu University in Sagamihara, also involved experiments with wolf cubs reared by hand

'Love hormone' that secures bond between a woman and her newborn baby also occurs with dogs and their owners, say scientists

Oxytocin, the hormone released into the bloodstream by women after childbirth, also increases in both dogs and their owners when interacting

The analysis showed that when large donations were made by men to attractive female fundraisers, subsequent donations from men increased a further £28 on average.

Men donate more to charity when the fundraiser is an attractive women, says study

Men will give donate significantly more if they see that other men have already given large amounts and when the fundraiser is an attractive woman

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