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Horseshoe Crab’s Blue Blood Saves Lives

September 15, 2017

Norway: An article about horseshoe crabs, the life saving properties of their blood and the risks they face in Asia from loss of habitat and the unsustainable harvest of the Tachypleus species for human consumption and the production of Tachypleus Amebocyte Lysate (TAL) used by the pharmaceutical /biomedical industry operating in China to detect the presence of endotoxins in injectable drugs and implantable devises, which are life threatening vs Limulus Amebocyte Lysate (LAL) used throughout the rest of the world for endotoxin testing and produced from the blood of the Limulus species, whose harvest is regulated. ERDG’s conservation efforts and Just flip ’em!™ program were also mentioned. download the pdf.