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Can lugworm yield medical miracles?

The haemoglobin of the lugworm can transport 40 times more oxygen than human blood

At high tide, submerged in water, the worm builds up stocks of oxygen that, astonishingly, allow it to survive more than eight hours.

Ploemeur, France

FOR centuries, the only use humans found for the lugworm - dark pink, slimy and inedible - was on the end of a fish hook. But the invertebrates' unappreciated status is about to change.

Their blood, say French researchers, has an extraordinary ability to load up...

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