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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The Government has been accused of misleading the public over the introduction of a new in vitro fertilisation (IVF) technique that some experts believe will result in the birth of 'genetically modified babies'

Exclusive: Scientists accuse government of dishonesty over GM babies in its regulation of new IVF technique

Lord Winston and other scientists accuse the Government of acting by stealth as the Department of Health buries redefinition of ‘genetically modified babies’ in treatment of mitochondrial donation

There’s nothing wrong with GM

The fact that Britain is on the verge of becoming the first country in the world to permit mitochondrial donation in law should be applauded

This artist's rendering provided by NASA shows the Voyager spacecraft35 years after leaving Earth

Row between scientists over position of Nasa's Voyager 1 spacecraft continues

Two members of the Voyager team believe that the space-probe is still within the influence of the Sun, in a region known as the heliosphere

One of the best examples of fraudulent research in recent years was the work on the cloning of human embryos

Bad science: When 'breakthrough research' turns out to be fraudulent

One case involving stem cells occurred in the past year with Haruko Obokata, a young cell biologist at the Riken research institute in Japan

Forty-two per cent of terrestrial invertebrates are threatened with extinction

Vital invertebrates decline by 45 per cent, study finds

Decline in insect, worm and other populations will affect our health, water quality and food supply

Patients could be infected with vCJD through contaminated blood transfusions

Mad cow disease still an infection risk in hospitals, MPs warn

vCJD can still be transmitted via contaminated blood transfusions or surgery

The age girls hit puberty can be affected by both parents, study finds

The age of puberty in girls is affected by the kind of “imprinted” genes that they inherit from their mothers and fathers, suggesting that one or other of the parents has a bigger than expected influence on the age of a daughter’s sexual maturity.

A fur seal on the shore of King George Island, Antarctica

Climate change threatens to make the antarctic fur seal extinct

Antarctic fur seals which were brought to the brink of extinction a century ago when they were ruthlessly hunted are now facing a new threat from food shortages caused by climate change, scientists have found.

Study analysed the DNA of about 37,000 schizophrenia patients

DNA hope on schizophrenia: Research breakthrough points at over 100 genes

Estimated that schizophrenia costs the UK taxpayer about £2bn a year

The site of a genetically modified crop trial

Scientists renew call for light-touch legislation on second-generation GM crops

Senior scientists have called for a revamp of European legislation covering genetically modified crops in the light of radical advances in genome editing that has enabled crop researchers to make the smallest changes to a plant’s DNA with pinpoint accuracy.

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