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
- NewsSleep deprivation leads to more Alzheimer’s disease plaques in the brains of genetically susceptible mice.
- NewsMale squirrel monkeys with red-green colorblindness can distinguish the hues after gene therapy, study suggests.
- NewsTwo popular diabetes drugs lower blood sugar but don’t reduce markers of inflammation.
- NewsEye movements may reveal memories that the hippocampus recalls even when a person isn’t aware of them, a new study shows.
- NewsThree new genes that raise the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease have been discovered in two large genome-wide searches.
- NewsInstead of becoming obese, mice with a mutation in an immune gene burn off the fat they eat.
- NewsTasmanian devils all know each other, a new study shows. The discovery could mean that stopping the spread of an infectious cancer will be harder than previously thought.
- NewsAlterations in a gene called DEC2 lead to a shortened sleep period in people, mice and fruit flies.
- NewsA new study finds evidence for mirror neurons in people.
- NewsThe tumor suppressor protein, p53, has three ways to protect cells from turning cancerous. A new study shows that p53 helps make microRNAs.