Melanin is worth over $350 a gram more than gold. Melanin is an organic semiconductor. Melanin makes Black people have the skin tone that makes us “stand out in crowds.” Melanin also makes crows, Angus cattle, cats, Black panthers and other animals have their physical appearance. Melanin is in human skin, animal fur, bird feathers, reptile scales and microorganisms. Mushrooms have melanin. Melanin is the primary constituent of cephalopod ink, the source for commercial melanin.
We live at a time when values such as good and evil, beauty and ugliness wealth and poverty, intelligence and ignorance are color coded by their perceived desirability.
The above mentioned value statements are in contrast to Psalm 19:10 of the King James version of the Bible which states:
The dollar value of melanin shows the western system of values to not only be arbitrary, but pseudoscientific. In western culture the “good guys” wear white hats and have blonde hair. The bad guys are people like Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Black man” who takes the blame for other’s shortcomings.
Nature does not validate such a dichotomy. In fact, to a certain extent it refutes it. Examples of which are plentiful to the casual observer.
Melanin in the locus coeruleus of the brain is vital to our humanity. So also for the substantia nigra, also in the brain. Yet, a paradox exists. Those who study melanin and the brain the most seem to have determined that it is necessary to demonize cutaneous melanin or melanin in the skin.
Although R.D. Lille determined that the rate of uptake of silver arginine is the factor which makes neuromelanin distinct from cutaneous melanin, it still has not eliminated the fact melanin, from all sources is a semiconductor of electricity. The denial of melanin as a substance of significance in the human genome, where ever it is found, demonstrates a contradiction in the value systems of the scientists who research melanin and the structures in which it is found.
Over 270,000 scholarly articles are known to exist involving melanin in some way, shape or fashion. From what we can tell never have any of the highly intelligent people with a wide variety of alphabet soup of letters behind their names has the idea of melanin having a price more than gold been investigated.