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Inside the Biomedical Revolution to Save Horseshoe Crabs and the Shorebirds That Need Them

May 17, 2018

New Jersey: The horseshoe crab plays a vital, if little-known, role in the life of anyone who has received an injectable medication. An extract of the horseshoe crab’s blood is used by the pharmaceutical and medical-device industries to ensure that their products, e.g., intravenous drugs, vaccines, and medical devices, are free of bacterial contamination. No other test worked as easily or reliably for this purpose—until now. download the pdf.