Inside the Biomedical Revolution to Save Horseshoe Crabs and the Shorebirds That Need Them

Horseshoe crab blood is used in tests that detect endotoxin, but extracting the blood has stressed the crab population, and the migratory birds that feed on their eggs have suffered catastrophic population decline, too. One Eli Lilly biologist is leading the charge to save the crabs and birds by switching to a synthetic. It helps that he’s a birder.

Source: Audubon
Published: May 13, 2018
Length: 11 minutes (2,813 words)