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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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.

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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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Passport officers no better than untrained amateurs at recognising faces, study finds

Thousands of people arriving at British airports with false passports each year could escape detection because of the difficulty of matching a photo ID to a real face, a study has found.

Dolly the first genetically copied sheep meets the press

Independence 'would damage Scotland’s edge in biomedicine'

Scotland’s reputation for scientific excellence in biomedical sciences, epitomised by the cloning of Dolly the sheep in 1996, will be significantly damaged if it votes Yes in the independence referendum on 18 September, a government minister will say on Monday.

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