Medical Research

Using synthetic crab blood substitute in biomedical testing could help save horseshoe crabs and shorebirds

Using synthetic crab blood substitute in biomedical testing could help save horseshoe crabs and shorebirds

For the first time in decades, Glenn Gauvry is lamenting the sight of so many horseshoe crabs getting stuck in the sand along the Delaware Bay beaches.

What he's seeing in the sand hints that the crab population might be starting to recover from the days of overfishing them for fertilizer, livestock food and bait.

That's good news for people all over the world, since nearly every person and pet on the planet has been aided by horseshoe crabs because their blood is used to make sure medical equipment is safe.

The trouble is that the number of volunteers in the "Just Flip 'em!" program Gauvry started in the mid-1990s has remained about the same.

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