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 researchers showed that stem cells derived from human skin become active germ cells when transplanted into the testes of mice
Image shows an implanted graft of cardiac cells derived from human stem cells (green) meshed with a monkey's own heart cells (red)
A new technique for editing the human genome that promises to revolutionise the way many human diseases will be treated in the future has been discovered

Scientific split - the human genome breakthrough dividing former colleagues

Two groups are racing to establish scientific and commercial priority over the discovery of the decade

Bohemian bolthole: Loket Castle

Bohemia's spa triangle: Getting into hot water

Steve Connor follows Mark Twain and Mozart to the medicinal springs of three Czech towns

The DNA from the 11 Stone Age skeletons has revealed that the hunter gatherers actually became part of the incoming community of farmers

End of men? Not just yet, say scientists investigating mysteries of male Y chromosome

Reports of the demise of the male Y chromosome have been greatly exaggerated according to scientists who believe that the “end of men” is a gender apocalypse too far.

A genetic disease has been cured in living, adult animals for the first time using a revolutionary genome-editing technique

Revealed: Scientists ‘edit’ DNA to correct adult genes and cure diseases

Experts hail ‘fantastic advance’ of new technique that can alter life-threatening mutations with pinpoint accuracy

Great divide: Skin cells bathed in citric acid for 30 minutes developed into stem cells

Medical breakthrough: How caffeine and a little patience overcame obstacle that allows creation of stem cells from human skin - and heralds new era in fight against age-related diseases

'In the US, for instance, just 100 human embryonic stem cell lines would generate a complete tissue type match for over half the population'

An artist's impression of Kepler-186f which may have conditions suitable to life

Earth 2.0? Astronomers reveal Kepler-186f, the latest planet in a habitable 'Goldilocks zone'

A planet similar in size to Earth with surface temperatures suitable for water to exist in liquid form has been discovered orbiting a distant star in what is the strongest candidate yet for a habitable world outside the Solar System.

A 3D illustration of sperm reaching human egg

The moment of conception: Scientists isolate protein that governs first contact between egg and sperm

The moment of first contact between an egg and a sperm is controlled by a key molecule on the surface of the egg cell that allows it to fuse with a sperm to form a fertilised egg, scientists have discovered.

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