Melissa Mayer

Freelance Science Writer. Occasional Editor.

United States

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

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

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Science Books

The Micro World of Viruses and Bacteria|Paperback

The world is full of tiny viruses and bacteria that can be seen only through a microscope. Some bacteria can be helpful, but others cause diseases such as typhoid fever. Viruses can cause deadly diseases such as COVID-19. Young readers will get all the facts about bacteria and viruses, including...

The Micro World of Dust Mites and Other Microscopic Creatures|Paperback

Did you know that there are animals all around you that you can’t see without a microscope? Sometimes it’s good you can’t see them. As you shed dead skin cells, thousands of dust mites gobble them up. Gross! Tiny water bears are super tough. They can survive in Earth’s...

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

Entomology Writing

Entomology Today
Study Shows American Dog Ticks in Western U.S. Are a Separate Species

Rocky Mountain spotted fever spreads when Rickettsia rickettsia bacteria pour into a bite wound while an American dog tick takes a blood meal. Unlike some other tick-borne diseases, which require a longer bite to transmit, Rocky Mountain spotted fever infection may take place within the first 30 minutes of the tick bite.

Entomology Today
It's Complicated: Mitochondrial DNA and the Future of Insect Ecology

Insects, like all eukaryotes, have specialized organelles called mitochondria tucked into nearly every cell. Most famously, these act like tiny generators, transforming the energy from food into energy that powers the cell. Mitochondria have their own set of DNA separate from the DNA held in the cell's nucleus.

Entomology Today
Cuckoo Combo: Bombus flavidus Deemed Most Widespread Bumble Bee

Most people picture bumble bees as fuzzy insects whose social colonies epitomize the idea of working together for a common purpose, but one group of bees has a less friendly approach: cuckoo bumble bees (subgenus Psithyrus) steal into other bumble bees' nests, take out the queen, and force the workers to rear their brood instead.