Horseshoe Crab Blue Blood Fuels Vaccine Development

Imagine a creature whose blood is so valuable that it’s often referred to as “liquid gold.”

No, it’s not a mythical beast from a fantasy novel; it’s the horseshoe crab.

This ancient crab has blue blood that plays a crucial role in vaccine development and pharmaceutical quality control.

But what makes this blue fluid so special?

The secret lies in a unique substance called Limulus Amebocyte Lysate (LAL).

This part of horseshoe crab blood has an extraordinary ability to detect bacterial endotoxins. 

Which are harmful substances that can cause severe reactions in humans.

Harvesting this valuable blood isn’t as simple as it sounds.

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