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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A monstrous idea? Body transplants might no longer be science fiction

Could full body transplants really be possible within two years?

Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero believes so - and it's not quite as implausible as it sounds, says Steve Connor
Over 20 per cent of people between 50 and 60 have blood cells marked with the same DNA mutations found in leukaemia cells

DNA develops to acquire genetic mutations linked with cancer as you get older, says study

Scientists estimated that over 20 per cent of people between 50 and 60 have blood cells marked with the same DNA mutations found in leukaemia cells

Space Invaders, one of the 49 classic Atari games that the Deep Q-network has mastered

New artificial intelligence can learn how to play vintage video games from scratch

The Deep Q-network has learned to play Space Invaders and Breakout

Making PrEP available as a prophylactic could reduce the use of condoms

HIV pill: The logic of paying £500 a month so gay men don’t have to wear condoms

It could save hundreds of millions of pounds that would be spent on treating HIV infections

One in six couples experience infertility in the UK

Chief medical officer urges Lords to legalise 'three-parent' IVF

Dame Sally Davies said that tests showed the procedure would be safe

A study has shown that Dry-roasted peanuts may be more likely to trigger allergic reactions than those that are 'raw'

Children fed peanuts are less likely to develop an allergy, study claims

Lead scientist: 'Our findings suggest that the previous advice was incorrect'

The findings come from a language analysis of more than 900,000 online reviews, comparing the wording people used in giving good and bad reviews, as judged by how many stars they gave to a restaurant

Diners associate fine restaurants with sexual pleasure, say scientists

But cheap eateries are more associated with drug addiction

The CIA is worried that a foreign power may develop the ability to manipulate the global climate in way that cannot be detected, a leading climatologist has claimed

CIA: Foreign powers may develop ability to manipulate the global climate undetected

Officials are worried foreign countries may develop geoengineering - the deliberate manipulation of the global climate

A scientist looks at a section of the Cern Large Hadron Collider during maintenance works in 2013 in Meyrin

Hadron collider set for triumph ‘bigger than Higgs boson’

An upgrade will allow the particle accelerator to work at even higher energies than were used for the discovery of the Higgs boson

Visitors look at plastinated human bodies at 'Body - The Exhibition', in Sao Paulo, Brazil; the technology to store a high-resolution, three-dimensional copy of body organs and tissues already exists

Cadavers in the cloud would help doctors treat illness, claim scientists

A detailed 3D copy of your body could let your doctor diagnose illness or even rebuild body parts

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The saffron censorship that governs India

Zareer Masani reveals why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression
Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Supreme Court rules Dominic Grieve's ministerial veto was invalid
Distressed Zayn Malik fans are cutting themselves - how did fandom get so dark?

How did fandom get so dark?

Grief over Zayn Malik's exit from One Direction seemed amusing until stories of mass 'cutting' emerged. Experts tell Gillian Orr the distress is real, and the girls need support
The galaxy collisions that shed light on unseen parallel Universe

The cosmic collisions that have shed light on unseen parallel Universe

Dark matter study gives scientists insight into mystery of space
The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

Disney's mega money-making formula

'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

Lobster has gone mainstream

Anthea Gerrie, raised on meaty specimens from the waters around Maine, reveals how to cook up an affordable feast
Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

14 best Easter decorations

Get into the Easter spirit with our pick of accessories, ornaments and tableware
Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

Paul Scholes column

Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
Inside the Kansas greenhouses where Monsanto is 'playing God' with the future of the planet

The future of GM

The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Donation brings total raised by Homeless Veterans campaign to at least £1.25m
Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

Cowslips vs honeysuckle

It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

A fresh twist reveals the Liberal MP was targeted by the notorious South African intelligence agency Boss