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
- NewsDifferences in DNA methylation may account for why one sibling gets the autoimmune disease while the other stays healthy.
- NewsTwo studies map interactions between virus and human cells; one study reveals natural flu fighters.
- NewsA ’smart’ gel could help coax stem cells to develop into heart cells.
- NewsComputer screening mines inventory of existing drugs to find possible new drugs that the H1N1 and H5N1 flu viruses just wouldn’t be able to resist.
- NewsVideos show how cancer cells move and spread.
- NewsBlocking a small molecule, a new drug reduces levels of the virus, chimp study shows.
- NewsIn fruit flies, a low-calorie diet with extra methionine extends lifespan without harming fertility
- NewsWhen a single copy of the microRNA processor Dicer is disabled, cancer can become more deadly. Removing Dicer completely, though, stops tumors.
- NewsStudy in mice suggests proteins could be source of post-menopausal hot flashes.
- NewsMultiple teams announce complete draft of the maize genome, with a full plate of surprises that include hints about hybrid vigor.