BLOOD CELL REGENERATION IN LIMULUS POLYPHEMUS Part II Public
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This project continued the research of Hinkley and Lapointe (MQP, 2006). A key concern in horseshoe crab research is the survival rate of the crabs after they are bled for pharmaceutical purposes, i.e., endotoxin and amebocyte studies. We designed a 6 week field study on the regeneration of blood cells in Limulus polyphemus. Our results indicate that surviving bled horseshoe crabs did rebound, showing an increase in blood cell proliferation that begins within days. A majority of the crabs (bled and unbled) demonstrated a rise in cell counts over initial values.
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