Horseshoe crab blood could help scientists create a coronavirus vaccine. Here’s why the liquid is so expensive.

Horseshoe crab blood is a vital resource to the medical field. It’s unique in more ways than one: the blue color and its ability to identify bacterial contamination in small quantities. Horseshoe crab blood contains a special amebocyte that is separated and then used in FDA testing. There’s a lot of questions as to how blood harvesting affects the American horseshoe crab population, but some researchers are dedicated to the cause of protecting such a significant resource.

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