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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Mitochondrial diseases are maternally inherited

Babies born with incurable inherited diseases could soon have damaged organs restored through stem-cell treatment

A study has shown that it is possible to produce healthy stem cells that are free of genetic mutations by engineering the skin cells of an affected patient

The standard kilo is literally losing weight for some unexplained reason

How heavy is a kilogram? International scientific effort to redefine the kilo makes breakthrough

The present definition is based on a cylinder of metal locked in a French vault

A study has concluded that one in four dogs competing in Crufts is overweight

One in four dogs competing in Crufts is overweight, researchers find

'The results are concerning because show dogs are assumed to be perfect specimens of their breed and significant numbers are overweight'

Scientists found that blocking DNA-PKcs in mice with prostate cancer prevent the tumour cells from spreading

Scientists discover way of targeting 'lynchpin' molecule to prevent the spread of cancer

Experiments have shown it may be possible to prevent 'metastatic' spread

The airline industry already accounts for about 3.5 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions

Long-haul flights are taking longer - and the effect is worse fuel consumption

Journey times were found to be increasing due to erratic high-altitude winds, study finds

Global food demand is predicted to rise 50% by 2030, and 70% by 2050

World entering era of global food insecurity with malnutrition and obesity side by side within countries, says leading food expert

Exclusive: A British team is to examine how factors such as climate change will distort global diets and health

Men with female bosses become assertive to protect masculinity, new study claims

The study appears to confirm the 'precarious manhood theory' of psychology

Bumblebees in Europe and North America have failed to move northwards to offset the threat of rapidly rising global temperatures

Scientists propose international effort to assist bumblebees to migrate further north after study finds rising temperatures linked to their decline

Steve Connor reports on an ambitious plan to transport populations northwards to escape the dangers posed by climate change

The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD destroyed the Roman city of Pompeii, burying its inhabitants under metres of ash and pumice

Under a cloud: How volcanic ash brought civilisation to its knees

The Great Migration Period of the 6th century was influenced two separate volcanic eruptions in different parts of the world, a new study says

A mother communicating with her infant daughter using sign language

Gene therapy offers hope to congentially deaf children, say scientists

Researchers could be within five to ten years away from being able to cure congenital deafness through gene therapy

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