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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The study found that a variant of a gene for monoamine oxidase A (MAOA) was significantly more prevalent in the most violent criminals

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Even a world war or pandemic would result in at least 5bn people by 2100

Glen Clunie in Perthshire in December 2010, when heavy snow caused widespread disruption

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Women miners search for gold on waste rock from mines in La Rinconada, Peru

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An embryologist examines human embryos at an IVF clinic

Radioactive fallout and the lessons of Chernobyl

We cannot see radioactive contamination without the help of specialised equipment, but the mere risk of it being present is nevertheless enough for the authorities to evacuate inhabitants within a certain radius of the stricken plant.

A segment of human intestine has been grown in laboratory mice for the first time as part of research that could one day produce transplant 'spare parts' for repairing diseased tissues and organs using a patient’s own skin cells

Human intestine grown in mouse for first time as scientists say there is hope to create 'spare parts' for people

Whole organs, composed of a complex arrangement of specialised tissues, could one day be made inside a patient’s body

Denis Duboule

French scientist admits to making up saucy acronyms for genetics research papers as part of a dare

'You have to visualise these French postdocs thinking it over a Friday beer,' Professor Duboule says

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