Tina Hesman Saey

Tina Hesman Saey

Senior Writer, Molecular Biology

Senior writer Tina Hesman Saey is a geneticist-turned-science writer who covers all things microscopic and a few too big to be viewed under a microscope. She is an honors graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she did research on tobacco plants and ethanol-producing bacteria. She spent a year as a Fulbright scholar at the Georg-August University in Göttingen, Germany, studying microbiology and traveling.  Her work on how yeast turn on and off one gene earned her a Ph.D. in molecular genetics at Washington University in St. Louis. Tina then rounded out her degree collection with a master’s in science journalism from Boston University. She interned at the Dallas Morning News and Science News before returning to St. Louis to cover biotechnology, genetics and medical science for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. After a seven year stint as a newspaper reporter, she returned to Science News. Her work has been honored by the Endocrine Society, the Genetics Society of America and by journalism organizations.

All Stories by Tina Hesman Saey

  1. Health & Medicine

    This is the brain on age

    The activity of genes in men's brains begins to change sooner than it does in women's brains, a new study shows.

  2. Life

    First lipid hormone discovered

    An omega-7 fatty acid made by fat and liver cells acts as a hormone, even mimicking the health benefits of insulin.

  3. Immune cell plays good cop, bad cop

    Immune cells called macrophages aid neuron regeneration in some parts of the nervous system, but hinder regeneration in the brain and spinal cord.

  4. Health & Medicine

    Late nights and disease

    Getting too little sleep may lead to health problems. A new study shows that after only one night of sleep deprivation, women have higher levels of an inflammatory molecule linked to cancer, heart disease and other illnesses.

  5. Life

    A ‘foxi’ gene for dog baldness

    A FOXI3 mutation makes some dogs bald.

  6. Neuroscience

    New insights on new neurons

    Neurogenesis works differently in two parts of the brain. New neurons are necessary for making memories and keep the olfactory bulb’s structure but aren’t needed for smelling, study in mice shows.

  7. Potent Promise: Essential Stemness

    Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Stem cells’ powers of self-renewal, immortality and potential for medicine inspire those who study them. But progress toward understanding them has been slow — it took 20 years just to figure out how to grow embryonic stem cells in the laboratory. More recently, though, molecular techniques have enabled swift movement on […]

  8. Health & Medicine

    A-beta on the brain

    A study of 18 comatose patients finds that as brain activity increases, concentrations of a protein linked to Alzheimer’s disease also increase.

  9. Health & Medicine

    Looking beyond insulin

    Leptin gene therapy reverses many of the consequences of type 1 diabetes in mice and rats.

  10. Health & Medicine

    How mice smell fear

    Mice may use a cluster of neurons known as the Grueneberg ganglion to detect alarm pheromones.

  11. Health & Medicine

    Dopamine fends off zzzzz’s

    A reward chemical in the brain helps keep sleep-deprived people awake.

  12. Health & Medicine

    Immune cells show long-term memory

    Survivors of the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic still make antibodies against the virus, revealing a long-lived immunity previously thought impossible.