Blood cell regeneration in Limulus polyphemusPublic
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The health of horseshoe crabs returned to the wild after being bled for biomedical product testing has long been a concern. Previous studies have estimated survival at 90%. However, until this study there has been no attempt to measure the rates of blood regeneration in surviving animals. We designed a 10 week field study on mortality and blood cell regeneration. The study showed higher mortality than previously reported; more importantly, blood cell counts of survivors always peaked above initial levels.
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