Update: Since we first began documenting facts about melanin the number of scholarly articles has increased. In
two three years’ time the number has increased by over 89,000 articles. That is almost 30,000 articles a year. The growth apparently is due to articles which were published at some time in the past being added to Google Scholar. At present there are over 300K scholarly articles with the word “melanin” in them on Google Scholar.
Why are scholars so interested in studying melanin? Why are so much of this planet’s resources allocated to studying melanin? If melanin is as important as these results suggest, why do you hear so little about it? Why don’t we name this area of research and put it out in the open? Shouldn’t it be properly named “melaninology” and standardized so that information about melanin is consistent?