Wildlife groups pressure Big Pharma to curb crab blood addiction

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By John Miller

Wildlife advocates are pushing drugmakers to curb the use of horseshoe crab blood by switching to a synthetic alternative for safety tests, including those needed before a COVID-19 vaccine can be used on humans.

Fishermen net hundreds of thousands of the creatures off the U.S. East Coast and Asia every year, draining their prized milky-blue blood for use in medical safety tests that detect bacterial contamination in intravenous drugs or implants.

The National Audubon Society, Defenders of Wildlife and other groups called for...


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Wildlife groups pressure Big Pharma to curb crab blood addiction


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