Molecular biology 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 and the Genetics Society of America.
Tina Hesman Saey's Articles
- Science VisualizedThe H7N9 avian influenza virus, which first appeared in 2013, is sweeping China with a second, larger wave of illness.
- NewsNo one has been able to reproduce a new technique for creating stem cells called STAP cells, leading some researchers to call for the retraction of the original research papers.
- NewsReducing protein consumption can lengthen life and improve health, studies in mice and people suggest.
- NewsCompound lets mice live healthier lives but doesn't extend life span.
- News in BriefTracking microbiomes, blood tests and more over decades could provide individual health recommendations.
- NewsGrey seals and beluga whales encounter killer microbes as ranges change.
- NewsDNA from skeleton shows all tribes come from a single population.
- NewsGenetic analysis finds vegetation change in the Arctic around same time as megafauna extinction.
- News in BriefManipulating microbes’ defenses could lead to targeted antibiotics.
- NewsA DNA-snipping technique inspired by bacteria shows therapeutic promise.