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Maine company believes lobster blood could play role in new drugs

The company, Lobster Unlimited of Orono, is investigating whether lobster blood can be used as a potential weapon against viruses and cancer.

ORONO, Maine — A Maine company thinks lobster blood can play a role in new drugs. 

The company, Lobster Unlimited of Orono, is investigating whether lobster blood can be used as a potential weapon against viruses and cancer, and representatives say results are promising. 

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued the company a patent in late October related to its work, which would use the crustaceans for a purpose far removed from dousing them in butter. 

The company, headed by a longtime lobster scientist Robert Bayer, proposes to use compounds derived from lobsters' circulatory fluid to improve human health. 

Bayer wants to partner with a drug company. The path to approval will be a long one.  

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