The horseshoe crab has persisted, unchanged, for hundreds of millions of years. But now, its survival is threatened by the harvesting of its prized baby-blue blood. A team at UConn seeks to map its DNA and save it from extinction. Dr. O’Neill, graduate student Kate Castellano and colleagues are mapping a full assembly of the horseshoe crab’s DNA.
Story by Kim Krieger, UConn Magazine
Illustrations by Katie Carey
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