Crab Wars: A Tale of Horseshoe Crabs, Bioterrorism, and Human Health / Edition 1

Crab Wars: A Tale of Horseshoe Crabs, Bioterrorism, and Human Health / Edition 1

by William Sargent
     
 

ISBN-10: 1584655313

ISBN-13: 9781584655312

Pub. Date: 02/28/2006

Publisher: University Press of New England

Surviving almost unmolested for 300 million years, the horseshoe crab is now the object of an intense legal and ethical struggle involving marine biologists, environmentalists, U.S. government officials, biotechnologists, and international corporations. The source of this friction is the discovery twenty-five years ago that the blood of these ancient creatures serves…  See more details below

Overview

Surviving almost unmolested for 300 million years, the horseshoe crab is now the object of an intense legal and ethical struggle involving marine biologists, environmentalists, U.S. government officials, biotechnologists, and international corporations. The source of this friction is the discovery twenty-five years ago that the blood of these ancient creatures serves as the basis for the most reliable test for the deadly and ubiquitous gram-negative bacteria. These bacteria are responsible for such life-threatening diseases as meningitis, typhoid, E. coli, Legionnaire's Disease, and toxic shock syndrome. Because every drug certified by the FDA must be tested using the horseshoe crab derivative known as Limulus lysate, a multimillion-dollar industry has emerged involving the license to "bleed" horseshoe crabs and access rights to their breeding grounds.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584655312
Publisher:
University Press of New England
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
921,783
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
EARLY LESSONS
Introduction
A Day in the Life of a Hunter-Gatherer
Carl Shuster [July 14, 1953]
First Lessons [Boston Children's Hospital, 1956]
At an Ancient Orgy [June 21, 1957]
COMMERCIALIZATION
The Conversation [Woods Hole, 1962]
Bleeding the Crab [1969-1974]
Crabs and Ponies [Chinoteague Island, June 22, 1972]
"Flugate" [1976]
Confessions of a Horse Crab Farmer [Cape Cod, 1982]
A Garden Party [Charleston, South Carolina, 1985]
ENVIRONMENTAL CONFLICTS
Fishing for Bait: The Conch and the Eel Fisheries [Delaware Bay, 1990-2000]
A Day at the Beach: Red Knots and Horseshoe Crabs [Reed's Beach, New Jersey, May 29, 1985]
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission [Washington, D.C., 1996-1999]
Jay Harrington vs. Bruce Babbitt [Pleasant Bay, 2000]
A Bizarre Incident [May 23, 2000]
The Decision [ John Joseph Moakley Federal Court House, Boston, Massachusetts, May 22, 2001] The Loophole [Falmouth, Massachusetts, June 2001]
Raw Lysate: A New Industry [Chincoteague, Virginia, July 30,2001]
Numbers, Numbers, Numbers [Delaware Bay, September 28, 2001]
Postscript [2005]
Index

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