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 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

Compulsive behaviour, such as gambling, is known to be a possible side-effect from taking Parkinson’s drugs

Parkinson's drug found to encourage the risk-taking behaviour of compulsive gamblers

Behavioural changes can also include obsessive shopping and binge eating

The fish-oil crop had been genetically engineered with up to seven additional genes

New GM cereal crop produces fish oil in its seeds

The seeds produce omega-3, associated with protection against heart disease

A driverless vehicle known as a Lutz 'Pathfinder' Pod is demonstrated in London

Driverless cars and 'super-Uber' robot taxis could 'cut carbon emissions by 90%'

Study says rise of autonomous vehicles could revolutionise personal transport

Vervet monkeys have three different alarm calls depending on the threat and the nature of the evasive response

Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

This week it was revealed the babbler bird communicates using language

Cystic Fibrosis primarily affects the lungs

Cystic fibrosis: Gene therapy offers hope to patients after successful trials

Scientists said it was the first time in more than 20 years of research on the cystic fibrosis gene that anyone has shown definite advantages of gene therapy

Scientists have identified an enzyme known as RhNUDX1 which plays a key role in producing the sweet fragrance of roses

Scientists discover why some roses smell sweeter than others - and how to improve the scent

A new pathway in the petals has been discovered which produces a fragrance that could be re-introduced into rose varieties that have lost their smell

Experiments with plastic 3D printed seahorse tails have revealed that its 36 square segments provide a better grip on seaweed and corals

Experiments with 3D models of seahorse’s tail advances robotic surgery

'We can learn a lot from animals that will inspire the next generations of robotics'

The findings support the idea that increased height and cognitive ability have been positively selected for by evolution over many generations. File photo

People born to genetically-diverse parents likely to be taller and more intelligent, says study

Scientists found that height and general intelligence appear to be increasing as a result of the mixing of DNA

Robert Downey Jr in ‘Iron Man 3’. The superhero has data sent to his field of vision

New 'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could help surgeons and firefighters, say scientists

The researchers say it is possible to use holographic projections to provide extra information on objects in a person’s visual field in real time

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