Science and Technology : THIS CRAB'S BLOOD IS THE REASON YOU'RE ALIVE

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THIS CRAB'S BLOOD IS THE REASON YOU'RE ALIVE
Biomedical companies are bleeding more than 500,000 horseshoe crabs every year. Can this creature that's been around since the dinosaurs be saved?

The crab’s distinctive blue blood is used to detect dangerous gram-negative bacteria like Escherichia coli (E. coli) in injectable drugs such as insulin, implantable medical devices such as knee replacements, and hospital instruments such as scalpels and IVs. Components of this crab blood have a unique and invaluable talent for finding infection, and that has driven up an insatiable demand...

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