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
- NewsResearchers sort out influences of specific bacteria on body fat, the immune system.
- NewsInteractions between color-producing cells generate patterns on fish fins.
- NewsThe world’s most abundant marine microorganism, the photosynthetic bacteria Prochlorococcus, spits out nutrient-rich vesicles into ocean waters, perhaps for genetic exchange or as a survival mechanism.
- ExperiencesTina Hesman Saey tries out new services offering clients a peek at their own bacteria.
- News in BriefNative Alaskans and Australians tend to lack potent flu-fighting immune cells.
- FeatureWhen it comes to the microbiome, bacteria get all the press. But virologists are starting to realize that their subjects also do a lot more than make people sick.
- FeatureMouse muscles stay juiced long after doping ends.
- FeatureThe justices’ decision opens the way for choices in DNA testing.
- FeatureSome forms of brain washing are good, like the thorough hosing the brain gets during sleep.
- FeatureOutbreaks of two deadly viruses captured the world’s attention in 2013, but neither turned into the global pandemic expected to strike one of these years.