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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One small step for man, a giant leap for a lizard: a web-footed gecko

Animal astronauts: Geckos, chimps and dogs pay a high price for mankind's urge to explore space

Americans favour monkeys; Russians prefer dogs. It rarely ends well - as the death of a group of reptiles on a satellite reminds us. Steve Connor on sending animals into orbit
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Skin cancer referrals up 41 per cent in 5 years

Rise ascribed to change in GP techniques

The researchers found that large boulders had been moved in land by up to 100 metres from the seabed as a result of a massive ocean wave

Scientists discover evidence of huge tsunamis hitting Malta - and they could hit again

Huge boulders found on the island where they shouldn't be

Alana Saarinen, 13, pictured at home in West Bloomfield, Michigan, on Saturday

Medical dilemma of 'three-parent babies': Fertility clinic investigates health of teenagers it helped to be conceived through controversial IVF technique

Donor eggs could be used as a way of ensuring that women with mitochondrial defects do not pass on the mutations to their children

Emma Ott was one of 17 IVF babies born after cytoplasmic transfer

Three-parent babies: ‘As long as she’s healthy, I don’t care’, says mother of IVF child

Sharon Saarinen gave birth to Alana after four failed IVF attempts. But doubts remain about the technique her clinic used

Photo issued by Medical Research Council of induced thymic epithelial cells (iTECs) transplanted onto a mouse kidney to form an organised and functional mini-thymus (Kidney cells in pink; thymus cells dark blue). Reprogrammed cells created in a laboratory have been used to build a complete and functional organ in a living animal for the first time

Scientists' ability to 'grow' living organs boosts patient transplant hopes

Development that could one day be used to provide replacement organs for people with weakened immune systems

Since the turn of the century there has been a greater flow of sinking water taking heat from the surface of the Atlantic, which has helped to counteract man-made global warming

Global warming hiatus could be down to changing Atlantic currents

The world would be an even warmer place had it not been for a change in the water currents of the North and South Atlantic which have transported huge amounts of heat from the sea surface to the deeper regions of the ocean, scientists said.

Antarctic microbes can survive for millennia

Living microbes found buried for tens of thousands of years

A model of a Neanderthal man on display at the National Museum of Prehistory in Dordogne, France

Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

How our closest cousins met their demise in Belgium

Two adult elephants killed in close proximity in northern Kenya. Clustered kills are a sign of professional poaching

Chinese ivory trade blamed as poachers drive down elephant population by 2% a year

Elephant poaching has driven down the population across Africa by an average of two per cent per year since 2010 according to a major study into the effect of the illegal Chinese ivory trade on the world’s largest land animal.

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
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Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
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Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there