A synthetic alternative to horseshoe crab blood for endotoxin detection
Horseshoe crabs have been used for decades to test the quality of vaccines and injectable medicines by looking for endotoxins in the products. This practice affects the ecological sustainability of the species. Therefore, Maloney and his colleagues, researchers from a scientific organisation "Revive & Restore", have developed a synthetic alternative that eliminates the need for animal products in endotoxin detection. This represents an extraordinary opportunity for the biomedical and pharmaceutical industries to significantly contribute to the conservation of horseshoe crabs and the birds that depend on them.