Atlantic Horseshoe Crab

At Charles River, we are committed to the conservation of this extraordinary animal that plays a role in everyday health and safety of people all over the world. The Atlantic horseshoe crab is an invaluable asset to the testing of implantable medical devices and injectable pharmaceutical products to ensure the absence of endotoxins that can cause pyrogenic responses and symptoms of septic shock.

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Find out how the Atlantic Horseshoe Crab (HSC) plays a pivotal role in its ecosystems and its valuable contribution to the field of biomedical research.

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In 1992, Dr. James Cooper wrote draft legislation that promoted the conservation and regulation of horseshoe crab fisheries. As a result, the South Carolina state legislature enacted laws to protect the indigenous Atlantic horseshoe crab population.

Due to the importance of the horseshoe crab in the biomedical industry, horseshoe crab conservation efforts have increased overall. Charles River continues to contribute to horseshoe crab conservation by maintaining our commitment and compliance with the 3Rs initiative to achieve sustainability in endotoxin testing.

Learn more about how we are helping to ensure the continued population growth of the horseshoe crab.

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