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Horseshoe crab will help ensure COVID-19 vaccine safety

Compounds derived from horseshoe crab blood have been used since the late 1970s to make a test for pathogenic bacteria in injectable medicines and vaccines, and that test -- the Limulus amebocyte lysate test -- will also be used to help ensure any COVID-19 vaccine is safe. Horseshoe crabs are collected by hand and returned to the ocean after being taken to a certified facility for blood harvesting.

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