Tuesday, 10 January 2017

The Blood Harvest

quote [ Each year, half a million horseshoe crabs are captured and bled alive to create an unparalleled biomedical technology.

I don't know about you, but the idea that every single person in America who has ever had an injection has been protected because we harvest the blood of a forgettable sea creature with a hidden chemical superpower makes me feel a little bit crazy. ]
[SFW] [science & technology]
[by foobar@5:01pmGMT]


HP Lovekraftwerk said @ 6:02pm GMT on 10th Jan
This has been "news" every couple of years since I first saw it on the old "In Search Of" show, I believe.
zarathustra said @ 6:27pm GMT on 10th Jan
This goes way back. I think I read that the first large scale human trials were in Innsmouth back in the 1840s.
ooo[......7 said[4] @ 6:27pm GMT on 10th Jan
midden said @ 8:47pm GMT on 10th Jan
"a forgettable sea creature"

Anyone who has actually seen a horseshoe crab is unlikely to forget it. They are way too cool/freaky, depending on your temperament.

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