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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