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
- NewsAphids borrowed at least two genes from bacterial buddies, and those genes now support another bacterium that lives in the insects.
- NewsResearchers have uncovered a genetic link between autism and gastrointestinal disorders in some families.
- NewsScientists have discovered that proteins that help sense sweet and spice also help taste metals.
- NewsMobile DNA elements have stuffed and shrunk the human genome, a comparison of two genomes reveal
- NewsNo need to look on other planets for new forms of life — weird life could exist right here on Earth.
- NewsUnlocking the secrets of the lip-lock.
- NewsA rough draft of the Neandertal genome is complete, scientists announced on Darwin’s 200th birthday.
- NewsA sudden peak in duplication of chunks of DNA in the common ancestor of humans, chimps and gorillas led to genetic flexibility, which created differences among the species.
- NewsScientists are experimenting with bacteria to see if evolution plays out the same way every time.
- NewsScientists have discovered a molecular link that may help explain why Vitamin D deficiency is associated with multiple sclerosis.