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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Sacks of wheat burn in the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain following air strikes by the Assad regime in 2012

Middle East wars could put world’s food security at risk

Genes from wild plants growing in Fertile Crescent vital for crops, say scientists

Russell Edwards (left) and Dr Jari Louhelainen looking at a shawl found by the body of Catherine Eddowes,

Jack the Ripper: Has notorious serial killer's identity been revealed by new DNA evidence?

With sensational claims emerging today that London's darkest 120-year-old mystery has been solved, Steve Connor takes a forensic look at the evidence

Dr. Vladimir Vondracek operates a machine in a proton therapy treatment room at Proton Therapy Center in Prague, Czech Republic

Ashya King: Inside the Prague Proton Therapy Centre where British five-year-old will be treated

Steve Connor visits the pioneering clinic where Ashya will soon be treated - and is hugely impressed

Ashya King in hospital with his mother

Ashya King: NHS ignored offers of cut-price therapy at Czech Proton clinic

Prague centre tried for two years to talk to health officials – without any response

One small step for man, a giant leap for a lizard: a web-footed gecko

Animal astronauts: Geckos, chimps and dogs pay a high price for mankind's urge to explore space

Americans favour monkeys; Russians prefer dogs. It rarely ends well - as the death of a group of reptiles on a satellite reminds us. Steve Connor on sending animals into orbit
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Skin cancer referrals up 41 per cent in 5 years

Rise ascribed to change in GP techniques

The researchers found that large boulders had been moved in land by up to 100 metres from the seabed as a result of a massive ocean wave

Scientists discover evidence of huge tsunamis hitting Malta - and they could hit again

Huge boulders found on the island where they shouldn't be

Alana Saarinen, 13, pictured at home in West Bloomfield, Michigan, on Saturday

Medical dilemma of 'three-parent babies': Fertility clinic investigates health of teenagers it helped to be conceived through controversial IVF technique

Donor eggs could be used as a way of ensuring that women with mitochondrial defects do not pass on the mutations to their children

Emma Ott was one of 17 IVF babies born after cytoplasmic transfer

Three-parent babies: ‘As long as she’s healthy, I don’t care’, says mother of IVF child

Sharon Saarinen gave birth to Alana after four failed IVF attempts. But doubts remain about the technique her clinic used

Photo issued by Medical Research Council of induced thymic epithelial cells (iTECs) transplanted onto a mouse kidney to form an organised and functional mini-thymus (Kidney cells in pink; thymus cells dark blue). Reprogrammed cells created in a laboratory have been used to build a complete and functional organ in a living animal for the first time

Scientists' ability to 'grow' living organs boosts patient transplant hopes

Development that could one day be used to provide replacement organs for people with weakened immune systems

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Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

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Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

The Williams driver has had plenty of doubters, but hopes she will be judged by her ability in the cockpit
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