Horseshoe Crabs and the Biomedical Industry FAQ

Horseshoe Crab

Horseshoe crabs and their ancestors have been on this planet for somewhere around 400 million years, they have survived mass extinctions. They are not harmful, don’t sting, bite or try to do us any harm.

Horseshoe crab blood carries factors that react to antigens found on and in gram negative bacteria walls by forming a clot around it. The clot isolates the bacteria, and protects the crab from infection. The blood also begins a healing process similar to ours where we form a clot, a scab, and eventually wounds heal.

Learn more about the role the horseshoe crab plays in the biomedical Industry by downloading this FAQ.

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