Steve Connor

Award-winning Science Editor of The Independent newspaper. Covered major news events in science, such as the human genome project at the turn of the century, the discovery of the Higgs boson, the unfolding slow-motion disaster of climate change, and the development of the CRISPR gene-editing technique. Now a freelance science writer and journalist, combined with media consultant and trainer.
These are just some of the many science stories I have covered during my 18 years at The Independent, before the print edition was closed in 2016 and I left to go freelance. I've spent more than 35 years in science, technology and medical journalism, which included stints on New Scientist, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent on Sunday and the Sunday Times. Over the years I've picked up a few awards. They include: five-times winner of the British science writers' award; the David Perlman Award of the American Geophysical Union; four times highly commended in the UK Press Awards; UK Health Journalist of the Year and a special merit award for investigative journalism from the European School of Oncology. Voted UK science journalist of the year in 2016 by the Association of British Science Writers. 
I've also provided media training services for scientists, advised organisations on media strategy and have acted as science adviser for TV drama.
Contact me on: steveconnorscience@gmail.com

Three-parent baby trap

The three-parent baby trap: is new IVF technique safe? Britain is set to become the first country in the world to allow a procedure that promises to prevent inherited disorders being passed on. But from the US comes a warning that we may be acting prematurely Technique for three-parent babies 'is not yet safe' STEVE CONNOR Plans to allow the creation of so-called "three-parent" in vitro fertilisation (IVF) babies as early as next year are premature because of unresolved safety concerns about the future health of the children, a senior science adviser has warned. The UK is poised to become the first country in the world to allow the creation of IVF embryos by merging the genetic material of two egg cells in order to prevent the transmission of mitochondrial disorders. But the United States has decided it is still too early to permit the procedure, said Professor Evan Snyder, who chairs the scientific panel advising the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on mitochondrial transfer. He said there are still too many safety issues to allow the first clinical trials of the technique in America - and by implication in Britain, where the Government's own scientific advice is that the technique is "not unsafe". Parliament is expected to vote soon on whether to change the law and allow the mitochondrial transfer procedure in the UK, which could pave the way for researchers at Newcastle University to create the first "three-parent" IVF embryos by merging the genetic mateeases rial of two eggs and a sperm as early as next year.
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