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
- NewsScientists have known for ages that metabolism is tied to the body’s daily rhythms. Two new studies suggest how.
- NewsThe Allen Institute for Brain Science unveils an online atlas of the mouse spinal cord. The atlas is a tool for researchers studying spinal cord injury, disease and development.
- NewsA gene variant prevalent in people of African descent increases the risk of HIV infection but also helps slow disease progression.
- NewsAstrocytes, brain cells previously thought to be support cells for neurons, regulate blood flow in the brain and may aid neuron signaling. The regulation of blood flow makes visualizing brain activity with fMRI possible.
- NewsA chemical in red wine thought to mimic the life-extending properties of calorie restriction improves health, but doesn’t necessarily lengthen life; it could also harm the brain.
- NewsNew map of brain's anatomy reveals communication hub that corresponds to an area active when the mind wanders.
- NewsA genetic source of mental retardation and autism may also disrupt sleep patterns.
- NewsEpigenetic shifts continue throughout a person’s lifetime, and the overall pattern of these shifts appears similar within families.
- NewsReview of a decade's worth of major league baseball games shows a slight cost in performance in teams with jet lag.
- NewsExcessive cell phone use can disturb teenagers' sleep