Carmela Cuomo and assistants being filmed for "Museum Secrets"
July 12, 2011
WEST HAVEN, CONN, -- On the Saturday of July 4th weekend, when most people were at picnics with their families, Carmela Cuomo, associate professor of biological sciences, was in her lab. She was there to show off her horseshoe crabs to a film crew visiting from the Canadian History Channel.
Cuomo and her crabs will be featured in an episode of a documentary series called “Museum Secrets” that will focus on the Museum of Natural History in New York City, which has a crab exhibition.
The film crew already had filmed Cuomo collecting horseshoe crabs in Jamaica Bay, New York.
The program, which airs in Canada and England, but not in the U.S., will be televised in the winter of 2012.
Cuomo’s research has shown that crabs will reproduce in the laboratory if they are allowed to nest in sand from their natal area. The research is important because crabs previously would not breed in captivity. They are used by the pharmaceutical industry to harvest a clotting extract in their blood, and as bait for the fishing industry. Raising them in captivity could provide a more abundant supply without taxing the native population along the East Coast.
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