Protect the Horseshoe Crab as an Endangered Species
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The horseshoe crab's (Limulus Polythemus) unique blue blood saves human lives. It is used to detect endotoxins in all medicals agents, IV injections and medical devices at the ppt (part per trillion) dilution. The FDA requires all medical substances be tested using LAL (Limulus Amebocyte Lysate) test derived from the horseshoe crab blood. This is one reason the 445 million year old crab population has shrunk by 75% in the Atlantic coast area. Medical Labs need to handle the horseshoe crab with care to avoid over bleeding and re-bleeding frequently which increases their mortality by upto 30%. Please help protect the horseshoe crab by classifying it as endangered!.
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