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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Professor Mary Herbert is at the forefront of the mitochondria transfer research in Newcastle

Lab on brink of IVF history - by making groundbreaking technique safe

Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research on brink of IVF history – by making groundbreaking technique safe

Parliament is set to vote next Tuesday on regulations to make mitochondrial transfer legal, so the first 'three-parent' baby could be born next year

The first baby with three parents could be conceived in UK this year

Exclusive: Opposition groups are not yet convinced of the procedure’s safety

The plaster dinosaur skeleton has inspired generations of schoolchildren at the London museum for 109 years

Dippy the Diplodocus: Natural History Museum dinosaur to be replaced with giant blue whale skeleton

Museum director: 'The blue whale reminds us of the scale of our responsibility to the planet'

The researchers estimated that 4,574 babies who inherit mitochondrial diseases from their mothers could be born in Britain over a 30-year-period

Thousands of women could benefit from ‘three-parent’ baby technique

New IVF techniques could cut some women's risk of passing on genetic disease

The 55,000-year-old skull was found in cave in northern Israel

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee

Discovery of five new earth-like planets gives hope for discovery of water-based life

Five exoplanets discovered orbiting Kepler-444

Earth-sized planets discovered in Milky Way around Kepler-444 increase chances of ancient alien life

Discovery shows that Earth-sized planets have formed throughout most of the time the Universe has been around — increasing the possibility of finding another planet like ours

A controversial plan to transfer the medical records of NHS patients from GP surgeries to a national database has failed to address a major privacy concern that jeopardises patient confidentiality

'Anonymous' NHS database could still allow patients to be identified, expert warns uploads 'anonymised' patient records and hospital admissions on to a national database that can be accessed for a fee by drug companies, academics and other approved researchers

A study has found that people are failing to heed the early warning signs of cancer because they fear they may end up wasting their doctor’s time over trivial symptoms

'Stiff upper lip stoicism' keeps people with cancer symptoms away from GP

Some people said they failed to see a doctor because they were worried the GP would view it as a trivial matter

Umami is most commonly associated with Asian cuisian

Losing appetite as you age? Try adding umami flavour to restore the 'joy of taste'

Umami, which is sometimes referred to as the 'meaty' flavour of protein, was only recognised as a distinct taste within the past 20 years

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NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own