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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Scientist who pioneered 'three-parent' IVF embryo technique now wants to offer it to older women trying for a baby

Exclusive: The doctor who pioneered the technique is pushing for it to be used for infertility in older women, raising hopes for millions. But its use beyond those suffering from mitochondrial diseases will provoke an ethical storm

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Falling death rates and a decrease in family size in the western world have not prevented Darwinian evolution from exerting its effect on the human gene pool

The result is returned in the debating chamber at the House of Commons yesterday, where MPs backed the use of mitochondrial donation techniques

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Members’ embryonic understanding of mitochondrial donation impressed our Science Editor

A leading scientist has urged caution about going ahead with a so-called three-parent baby technique without further extensive research into its safety (PA)

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Britain set to become first country in the world to permit the creation of IVF babies with DNA from three different people

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Three-parent babies explained in six questions: How does it work and who objects?

MPs will vote today on whether Britain should become the fist country in the world to permit the creation of IVF babies with DNA from three different people. The controversial technique could save the lives of around 150 babies a year in Britain - but it has also drawn criticism. Here is The Independent's breakdown of what you need to know

Plans to transfer the medical records of all NHS patients in England from GP surgeries to a central database have been heavily criticised (Rex)

Government told to make it easier to opt out of care.data database

Fears that patient data is not properly anonymised

A leading scientist has urged caution about going ahead with a so-called three-parent baby technique without further extensive research into its safety (PA)

IVF expert fears ‘carry-over’ risk in three-parent baby technique

Professor Justin St John urges caution over controversial technique

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