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
- NewsGenome alterations probably not responsible for decline in disease prevalence.
- NewsNo strong signs of canine ancestry among living grey wolves.
- NewsHand washing goes only so far in retarding flu transmission.
- NewsA search of more than 2 million DNA locations in more than 125,000 people finds a weak, and perhaps dubious, association with schooling.
- FeatureStudies reveal the placenta’s crucial role in healthy pregnancies.
- NewsExperiment shows that new influenza virus transmits through air between ferrets, a common experimental stand-in for humans.
- NewsFerrets that receive shot can fight off variety of influenza strains.
- NewsPhages may play an unforeseen role in immune protection, researchers find.
- News in BriefHighlights from the genome biology meeting held May 7-11 in Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., include an enormous tree's enormous genome, genes for strong-swimming sperm, and back-to-Africa migration some 3,000 years ago.
- NewsGene activity changes accompany doglike behavior in foxes bred over more than 50 years.