BUY HORSESHOE CRAB BLOOD ONLINE
BUY HORSESHOE CRAB BLOOD ONLINE. Their blue blood comes from the metal copper in their oxygen-transporting proteins, called hemocyanin.) In the 1980s and through the early 1990s, the process seemed sustainable. The pharmaceutical industry claimed that only three percent of the crabs they bled died. The horseshoe crab’s fluorescent blue blood is its best line of defense against toxins. For 40 years, humans have harnessed that same power to help keep us safe.
The world’s health care can thank the horseshoe crab
Since the late 1970s, horseshoe crab blood has been approved to make what’s called the Limulus amebocyte lysate test, or the LAL test – an alarm system triggered by a type of bacteria that can cause fever, and in some cases, death.
It works like this: A mixture of lysate is made from the horseshoe crab’s amebocyte or blood cells. That fluid is added to whatever material a researcher is testing for safety. Depending on the test, the fluid will either clot or change color to signal the presence of a dangerous toxin.