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
- News in BriefPigs vaccinated against one influenza virus got lung damage if infected with another strain.
- News in BriefDNA of a deadly respiratory virus has been found in a Saudi Arabian mammal.
- NewsNew forms of influenza viruses can spur production of antibodies to past pandemics in people who lived through them.
- News in BriefCompared to a low-fat diet, eating fish and olive oil kept blood sugar levels lower in people with a common diabetes risk factor.
- NewsMigrants came in three distinct waves that interbred once in the New World.
- PeopleOmri Amirav-Drory wants to engineer a glow-in-the-dark garden.
- News in BriefAntibodies to a mysterious pathogen that has sickened 94 people were found in camels in Oman and the Canary Islands.
- NewsThe scientists who made the H5N1 strain transmissible between ferrets intend to do the same with H7N9.
- Reviews & Previews
Sprinter Usain Bolt’s website proclaims him “arguably the most naturally gifted athlete the world has ever seen.” But is the speed that propelled Bolt to Olympic gold really a product of his genes, or do the secrets of his success lie in rigorous training and support from Jamaica’s rich sprinting tradition? Epstein, a sports writer, former scientist and competitive runner, explores the variables for building the perfect athlete in his new book.
- News in BriefTransplanted cells can function in rodents' eyes.