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
- FeatureSome forms of brain washing are good, like the thorough hosing the brain gets during sleep.
- FeatureOutbreaks of two deadly viruses captured the world’s attention in 2013, but neither turned into the global pandemic expected to strike one of these years.
We are not alone. Humans’ vast inner and outer spaces teem with a menagerie of microbes that stand poised to alter conceptions of what and who we are.
- NewsMolecular evildoers team up to launch neural destruction.
- News in BriefIn mice, antioxidants fight diabetic sores.
- News in BriefOther chemicals in cigarettes may not be to blame.
- NewsMenu restricted to meat, egg and cheese alters bacterial mix more than eating only plants.
- NewsBeneficial bacteria improved abnormal behaviors in mice with altered intestines.
- NewsPython and cobra genes evolved quickly to enable hunting strategies.
- News in BriefAntibiotics may prevent anticancer drugs from killing tumors.