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Crab Wars: A Tale of Horseshoe Crabs, Bioterrorism, and Human Health
Publisher:University Press of New England
Sargent is a wildlife biologist who has been fascinated by horseshoe crabs his entire life. This personal tale weaves the biology and wildlife management of these creatures into the story of how a few Woods Hole biologists discovered that a lysate of their amoebocyte cells could generate an assay for endotoxin; this assay was so sensitive that it became the industry standard and spawned an industry to supply it. Sargent raises worries about the health of the Limulus population and argues that the importance of Limulus lysate can be used as an argument to maintain healthy stocks for a sustainable harvest.
Reviewed by:Jim DeKloe