Why Do We Harvest Horseshoe Crab Blood?

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If you've ever had an injection, the horseshoe crab protects you from infection! Young marine biologists discover how scientists use the unique physiology of the horseshoe crab in medicine with a thought-provoking video. The narrator discusses how little we know about the crab's life, how its blood is harvested for its immunological benefits, and the impact human activity is having on horseshoe crab breeding.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Pair the resource with a lesson about human impacts on the environment or modern medical practices
  • Have learners research to compare the horseshoe crab with other crab species
Classroom Considerations

  • Review the immune response briefly for pupils with less experience with the immune system before watching the video

  • The video is accompanied by an assessment and discussion questions
  • Animations help convey how the horseshoe crab's blood protects it—and us—from infections
  • Resource presents information clearly and concisely

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Common Core