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Melissa Mayer

Freelance Science Writer. Ocassional Editor.

Location icon United States

I have been science blogging and writing since 2010 when I began covering the proteomics, microbiology, and biotechnology spheres.

I love cell biology, all the -omics, neuroscience, microbiology, and occasional forays into policy. Oxford comma and singular they for life.


Science Books

Capstone Library
Why We Worry: The Science of Anxiety

Can't sleep? Too many things to worry about? Or do you get lost in your mind thinking about all the ways tomorrow could go wrong? Why does this happen? The

Capstone Library
Why We Rage: The Science of Anger

Have you ever blown up at your best friend or sibling? Maybe you were just so angry, but you didn't really know why. The answer is in the science of rage!

Ulysses Press
Jump Start Autophagy

Activate Your Body’s Cellular Healing Process to Reduce Inflammation, Fight Chronic Illness and Live a Longer, Healthier Life

Science Writing

Society for Neuroscience's Brainfacts
The Neurobiology of Family Separation

Over the phone, Merida Grant’s voice sounds heavy as she lists the possible outcomes of early-life trauma like family separation: mood and anxiety disorders, substance abuse and addiction, even a shortened lifespan.

BRCA Gene Mutation Risks: Ethnicity, Genetics, and More

Your DNA is like a blueprint that can be broken down into pieces called genes. These genes tell your body how to build important molecules like proteins. Permanent changes in the DNA sequence of a gene are called mutations. These may affect the way your body reads the blueprint.

Entomology Today
Don't Poop Where You Eat: Bee Defecation on Flowers May Explain Disease Transmission

For most people, flowers call to mind many things-romance, appreciation, well wishes-but probably not ... bee poop. Insect pollinators are crucial to maintaining biodiversity and crop yields but face global declines. Clues that may help save these important insects might come from an unexpected place: apian fecal matter.

Entomology Today
Bad Roommates: Study Tracks Mice to Nests, Finds Ticks Aplenty

Scientists know a great deal about how blacklegged ticks ( Ixodes scapularis) feed on hosts, such as whitefooted mice ( Peromyscus leucopus) and woodland deer mice ( Peromyscus maniculatus), but what happens after the ticks drink their fill is more mysterious. Lab studies suggest these ticks may detach from mouse hosts inside their nests.

Entomology Today
A Promising New Parasitoid Drills Down on Emerald Ash Borers

The wasp flies through the forest, heavy with eggs, following the scent of beetle infestation. She locates a promising tree and lands, using sensory organs on her legs to detect beetle larvae feeding below the surface. She drills through the bark and deposits her clutch.

Stevens Institute of Technology
Stevens Students Mix Up a Win at International Symposium on Ultra-High Performance Concrete

A team of civil engineering students from Stevens Institute of Technology brought home a 1st place win at an international student competition focusing on ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) this month. The competition, which was part of the 2nd International Interactive Symposium on UHPC, was held June 2-5 in Albany, New York.

Stevens Institute of Technology
Stevens Students Float Prototype to Combat Effects of Climate Change

For one member of the Stevens Institute of Technology SeaWork team, the guiding principle of sustainable ocean farming has always just made sense. "There's not enough land in the world for people and farming, so one of them has to go toward the ocean," says Alexandria Austin.

Science Editing & Fact-Checking

3 Ridiculously Extreme Black Holes

Get 10% off today -WITH FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING-by going to and use code "SCISHOW" at check out. Black holes are some of the most extreme astronomical objects out there, but there are some that really standout. Let's look at black holes that grow larger, consume more, and spin faster than the rest.

Are Soft Cheeses Dangerous During Pregnancy?

You may have heard the oddly specific advice that pregnant people shouldn't eat soft cheeses, but there's a very good reason for that, and it applies to more than just dairy products. Hosted by: Stefan Chin SciShow has a spinoff podcast! It's called SciShow Tangents.

Clinical Lab Products

Interim Associate Editor, edited non-feature items, included Tech Guides, Product News, Product Spotlights, Lab Products

Clinical Lab Products

Interim Associate Editor, edited non-feature items, included Tech Guides, Product News, Product Spotlights, Lab Products

Clinical Lab Products
Multiple Sclerosis Mechanism - Clinical Lab Products

While an individual's DNA sequence remains the same throughout their life, expression of the encoded genes may change over time and contribute to disease development in genetically predisposed individuals. Researchers at the Karolinska Institute have discovered the mechanism of a major risk gene for multiple sclerosis (MS) that triggers disease through epigenetic regulation.

Other Writing

Political Research Associates
Bringing Bad Sex Ed Back

A shocking thing happened at a closed-door United Nations meeting in March, during the annual meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). In a private session intended to set language for gender equality policies and to brief non-governmental organizations on U.S. priorities for women's issues, a senior advisor from the U.S.

What Is 'Free-Range' Parenting, and How Does It Affect Kids?

On a recent sunny day in Portland, Oregon, Dana Hoffman Ellis waited at a stop for the light rail train that crisscrosses the city. Ellis wasn't riding herself. Instead, she was waiting for the arrival of her 9-year-old child, Salmon, who had just embarked on a solo adventure across town using public transit.

Raising Chickens: A Surprisingly Delightful Cure to Loneliness

Chickens may have been deemed the latest status symbol for Silicon Valley, but a trophy wife they're not. To think of chickens only in terms of their eggs and brunch benefits is a disservice to their greatness, when they can cure loneliness and help us realign our tech-filled lives.

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