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Why a scientist wants to collect lobster blood

Robert Bayer, a professor emeritus of animal and veterinary sciences at the University of Maine, has received a patent on a component of lobster blood that has antiviral and anticancer properties and is seeking a drugmaker to partner with. Hemocyanin stimulates the immune system and has been shown to reduce viral load in cells infected with herpesvirus, and Dr. Bayer says millions of pounds of lobster blood are flushed down drains every year at processing facilities.

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