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 BriefThe H7N9 influenza virus has sickened three people, killing two, in first known human infections.
- NewsMice slim down after receiving bacteria transplanted from rodents that had the surgery.
- News in BriefNew World breeds trace back to both major bovine lineages, genetic analysis shows.
- FeatureEpigenetic changes reach down through the generations.
- NewsElusive deep ocean dwellers have low genetic diversity despite living around the globe.
- News in BriefBedbugs turn on several genes, in both their shells and their nerve cells, to stave off effects of insecticides.
- News in BriefDeadly coronavirus related to SARS attaches to protein on cells unlike the one SARS uses.
- NewsThe contagious cancer evades the animal’s immune system by turning off key genes.
- NewsSuch genetic theft from bacteria and archaea is unusual among eukaryotes.