ZURICH (Reuters) - If you’ve received a vaccination, hip replacement or chemotherapy without suffering toxic shock, chances are you’ve benefited from a vast bloodletting of horseshoe crabs. FILE PHOTO: Swiss pharmaceutical group Lonza Houston, the world’s largest dedicated cell and gene therapy facility, opened on Tuesday in Houston, Texas, U.S., April 10, 2018. REUTERS/Daniel Kramer Every year, fishermen net hundreds of thousands of the creatures off the U.S. East Coast and in Asia before their prized milky-blue blood is drained for use in medical safety tests. Swiss biotech Lonza (LONN.S) and U.S.-based Charles River Laboratories (CRL.N) are the biggest suppliers of crab blood-based endotoxin tests, which detect bacterial contamination in intravenous drugs and medical implants. They are now at odds over the future of this testing, as Lonza urges adoption of a synthetic alternative called recombinant Factor C (rFC), amid pressure from wildlife campaigners … [Read more...] about Blue-blooded crabs at heart of pharma dispute on drug testing
The Super Blood Wolf Moon is at our door. This lunar phenomenon with a quirky name will be visible Sunday night across the country, for those without cloud cover. It'll be an unmissable event for American stargazers, since it's the only lunar eclipse that will be seen over the United States all year, according to Caltech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a NASA partner. "Super blood moon" is a term given to lunar eclipses that occur when the moon is at its closest to Earth, making it appear bigger in the sky — a "super moon." And during a lunar eclipse, when the moon is in the Earth's shadow, it turns red. That's because it's mostly red light that bends around the Earth, while blue light is scattered by the atmosphere, making it appear blue. A rare super blue blood moon was seen by early birds across the United States for the first time in 150 years. See totality happen in just under a minute. (Published Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018) Last January, a Super Blue Blood Moon captivated … [Read more...] about Get Ready to Howl at the Super Blood Wolf Moon
The moon will provide its viewers with a triple treat in the skies this January 31 with spectacular views of a supermoon, a blue moon, and a total lunar eclipse. Those in Singapore can watch the rare Super Blue moon 14 percent brighter than usual on the night of Wednesday, Jan 31, from 7:48 PM local time.The rare event is the last supermoon among the Trifecta series which started on December 3, 2017 and followed by "wolf moon" on January 1, 2018. However, this supermoon will be more spectacular than the previous supermoon events due to its unique merger of characteristics of a blue moon, blood moon in a supermoon. It will be known as a "super blue blood moon".This will be the first event of its kind since 1982 and will re-occur only in 2037. The event will begin at 5:30 AM EST on January 31.The moon will be 14 percent brighter than usual as its orbit will come closer to the Earth known as a perigee. Being the second full moon of the month, it will bear the popular name of a "blue … [Read more...] about Super blue blood moon to be 14% brighter today: Where and how to watch in Singapore?
A MAN held over a fatal train stabbing is thought to have given cops the slip at first as his lover picked him up in her car. Dad Lee Pomeroy, 51, was killed in a frenzied attack during a bust-up with a stranger. The man is believed to have left a trail of the victim’s blood as he fled. It was found smeared on a fence near the railway station he ran from following the killing of Lee Pomeroy. He is also said to have dropped a bloodied hat in nearby woods. As a manhunt was launched, the suspect is thought to have initially escaped police when a girlfriend collected him in her car. Lee and his killer accidentally bumped into each other when they boarded the train — dad Lee with his 14-year-old boy. Father and son were on a day trip to central London at lunchtime on Friday. Sources say that after a row lasting several minutes on the Surrey to London Waterloo service, the suspect pulled out a knife and slashed Lee in the neck and body. Were YOU on the train? Email … [Read more...] about Surrey train ‘killer left trail of victim’s blood’ when his ‘lover picked him up in her car’ as he fled scene of frenzied attack after death of dad, 51
Peter Kotecki, provided by Published 11:14 am CST, Friday, December 28, 2018 The Super Blue Blood Moon makes its way past Coit Tower in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Keep clicking for the best spots to see the blood moon around San Antonio. The Super Blue Blood Moon makes its way past Coit Tower in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Keep clicking for the best spots to see the blood moon around San Antonio. Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez, The Chronicle Buy photo Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez, The Chronicle Image 1 of / 25 Caption Close Image 1 of 25 The Super Blue Blood Moon makes its way past Coit Tower in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Keep clicking for the best spots to see the blood moon around San Antonio. … [Read more...] about A ‘super blood wolf moon’ in January will be the last total lunar eclipse until 2021 — here’s how to catch it