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Modern Medicine’s Perilous Dependence on Horseshoe Crabs



Every drug and vaccine certified by the FDA – including COVID vaccines - must be tested using the horseshoe crab derivative known as Limulus lysate. This has spawned a multimillion-dollar industry involving the license to bleed horseshoe crabs and the rights to their breeding grounds. In his book, Crab Wars, William Sargent presents an insider’s guide to the discovery of the lysate test, the exploitation of the horseshoe crab at the hands of multinational pharmaceutical conglomerates, local fishing interests, and the legal and governmental wrangling over the creatures’ ultimate fate.