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
- NewsSome New World ancestors came from western Eurasia, not East Asia.
- NewsFirst domesticated canines did not live in China or Middle East, a study of mitochondrial DNA finds.
- News in BriefFinding could help explain difference between blacks and whites in heart attack survival.
- NewsExperiments in mice suggest that effects don’t end when doping does.
- NewsIn mice and humans, genetic variants seem to control the bacterial mix on and in bodies.
- News in BriefPeople in frigid cold evolved changes in fat metabolism, shivering.
- News in BriefDonor genetics may explain why the two cell types vary.
- News in Brief
BOSTON — A variant in a gene involved in breaking down chemicals in smoke triples a smoker’s risk of multiple sclerosis, a study shows.
Smoking increases by 30 to 50 percent a person’s risk of multiple sclerosis, a disease in which the immune system attacks a waxy coating around nerve cells. Scientists don’t know exactly how smoking contributes to the disease.
- Reviews & PreviewsA new documentary portrays an extraordinary search for a cure spurred by a teen with the premature aging disease.
- NewsDiscovery of fluids flowing in mice while they slumber could lead to better treatments for Alzheimer’s disease.