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Old 02-18-2013, 08:06 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:40 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Most animals have red blood with hemoglobin that is iron based. What animal has sky blue copper based blood?

Hint: this animal's blood is worth $15,000 a quart! Extra points if you know why it is worth so much?
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Is it worth $15,000 a quart for the copper?
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Yes, the horseshoe crab is either used as bait OR it is partially bled in labs and collected. Figure that out...

What purpose is horseshoe crab blood used for that makes it so valuable? ALL of us have probably directly benefited from this use... (And no, it is not the copper!)
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They lubricate muffler bearings with it?
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Ding, ding, ding! Horseshoe crab blood has an autoimmune reaction to any contaminates within about an hour, so it is a very quick and reliable way to check medical drugs for contaminates. They used to use live rabbits (I think?) and this process took like 2-3 days, so this is why horseshoe crab blood is so valuable!

By the way the horseshoe crab species is about [350 million] years old. Many, many other species depend on them to survive.

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By the way the horseshoe crab species is about 350,000 years old. Many, many other species depend on them to survive.
I thought the horseshoe crab species was at least 350 million years old.
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My mistake - thanks for the correction. I knew this but went from memory...

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