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
- 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.
- NewsNew study finds calorie restriction delays age-related diseases in monkeys. Another study reports that an immune-suppressing drug helps elderly mice live longer.
- FeatureA neural network active when the brain is at rest may prove critical to zoning out, a sense of self and envisioning the future.
- NewsA closer look at regeneration in axolotl amputees shows that tissue replacement relies on cellular “memory.”
- NewsA protein called GPX5 helps protect sperm from oxidative damage. The finding could help prevent birth defects.
- NewsMysterious skin cells known as Merkel cells are required to sense light touches.
- NewsThe mutant protein implicated in Huntington’s may rely on a second protein. The finding could help explain why only some neurons are vulnerable to the disease.
- NewsFruit flies with insomnia may help researchers track genetic factors that lead to the sleep disorder.
- NewsScientists in Japan have successfully introduced a foreign gene into a primate species for the first time, opening a new avenue for modeling human diseases, particularly brain disorders.