October 22, 2020
Science News

Horseshoe crabs have a vital role in the development of a coronavirus vaccine. Here’s why. – USA TODAY

GREENVILLE, S.C. Allen Burgenson had a job, his father explained as they stood on the sand.
This was Allen’s first fishing trip, but he wasn’t going to take anything from the bay. He was to return the water’s gifts to the deep, where they’d belonged for hundreds of millions of years. 
If he spotted a horseshoe crab on its back, his father said as he held Allen’s hand, that meant it was in trouble and needed Allen’s help to get home. Allen just had to flip it over. Its 10 legs could then make i…

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