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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Professor Mary Herbert is at the forefront of the mitochondria transfer research in Newcastle

Lab on brink of IVF history - by making groundbreaking technique safe

Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research on brink of IVF history – by making groundbreaking technique safe

Parliament is set to vote next Tuesday on regulations to make mitochondrial transfer legal, so the first 'three-parent' baby could be born next year

The first baby with three parents could be conceived in UK this year

Exclusive: Opposition groups are not yet convinced of the procedure’s safety

The plaster dinosaur skeleton has inspired generations of schoolchildren at the London museum for 109 years

Dippy the Diplodocus: Natural History Museum dinosaur to be replaced with giant blue whale skeleton

Museum director: 'The blue whale reminds us of the scale of our responsibility to the planet'

The researchers estimated that 4,574 babies who inherit mitochondrial diseases from their mothers could be born in Britain over a 30-year-period

Thousands of women could benefit from ‘three-parent’ baby technique

New IVF techniques could cut some women's risk of passing on genetic disease

The 55,000-year-old skull was found in cave in northern Israel

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee

Discovery of five new earth-like planets gives hope for discovery of water-based life

Five exoplanets discovered orbiting Kepler-444

Earth-sized planets discovered in Milky Way around Kepler-444 increase chances of ancient alien life

Discovery shows that Earth-sized planets have formed throughout most of the time the Universe has been around — increasing the possibility of finding another planet like ours

A controversial plan to transfer the medical records of NHS patients from GP surgeries to a national database has failed to address a major privacy concern that jeopardises patient confidentiality

'Anonymous' NHS database could still allow patients to be identified, expert warns

Care.data uploads 'anonymised' patient records and hospital admissions on to a national database that can be accessed for a fee by drug companies, academics and other approved researchers

A study has found that people are failing to heed the early warning signs of cancer because they fear they may end up wasting their doctor’s time over trivial symptoms

'Stiff upper lip stoicism' keeps people with cancer symptoms away from GP

Some people said they failed to see a doctor because they were worried the GP would view it as a trivial matter

Umami is most commonly associated with Asian cuisian

Losing appetite as you age? Try adding umami flavour to restore the 'joy of taste'

Umami, which is sometimes referred to as the 'meaty' flavour of protein, was only recognised as a distinct taste within the past 20 years

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