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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An embryologist examines human embryos at an IVF clinic

New three-parent baby law ‘is flawed and open to challenge’, says senior lawyer

Lord Brennan QC raises doubts over legality of proposed regulations

The study involved using machine-learning software to analyse Facebook “likes” to assess a person’s personality based on the five main traits commonly used in psychological assessments: openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism

Facebook knows you better than your friends do - because Likes reveal so much about your character

Study of 86,000 users reveals the power of intelligent machines, and they're getting better

First remains of new 'shark-like reptile' found on the Isle of Skye

During the time of the dinosaurs, the waters of Scotland were 'prowled by big reptiles the size of motor boats'

An artist’s impression of ‘Dearcmhara shawcrossi’

First remains of new 'shark-like reptile' found on the Isle of Skye

During the time of the dinosaurs, the waters of Scotland 'were prowled by big reptiles the size of motor boats'

Exposing yourself to low temperatures encourages healthier brown fat

Keeping cold could keep you thinner, scientists say

Exposing yourself to low temperatures encourages healthier brown fat

A micrograph showing MRSA bacteria

Teixobactin discovery: Scientists create first new antibiotic in 30 years - and say it could be the key to beating superbug resistance

Scientists have conducted tests that show teixobactin could provide a platform for new treatments to combat superbugs

More than four fifths of the world's coal reserves cannot be burned if global temperatures are to stay below dangerous levels, a new study has suggested

Fossil fuel warning: Climate scientists beg governments to leave buried natural resources in the ground

Claim extraction money would be better spent on finding alternative energy

Scientists analysed the physiological functions of more than 120 regular cyclists aged between 55 and 79, and failed to find any of the obvious signs of ageing they might have expected

The secret of eternal youth: skin-tight Lycra and a bicycle

Cycling shown to slow signs of aging

The new drug is designed to stay within the intestines and not to circulate in the bloodstream, making it inherently safer with fewer side-effects

Diet pill that makes you feel full proven to keep weight off in mice, scientists say

New drug fexaramine has fewer side-effects than other pharmaceuticals

A senior science adviser has warned that plans to allow the creation of so-called “three-parent” in vitro fertilisation (IVF) babies as early as next year are premature because of unresolved safety concerns about the future health of the children

Exclusive: Three-parent IVF treatment to be legal within weeks

The regulations are expected to be voted on before the general election

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