Steve Connor, science editor of The Independent, has been named medical journalist of the year in the Norwich Union Healthcare Medical Journalism Awards 2002.
The judges said Connor's account of the cutting edge medical research into RNA interference was head and shoulders above other entrants.
"[It was] an outstanding and impressive piece that tackled the complicated subject of RNAi – a revolutionary development in genetics which raises the prospect of curing cancer. He introduced readers to a totally new area – one that no one has previously covered in such depth," said Celia Hall, chairman of the judges.
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