Saturday, January 08, 2005

Tsunami victims & Rh negative rbc

Because I've always been interested in racial and ehtnic differences in blood groups, this news item from Thailand caught my eye:
Rh negative blood needed in Thailand to treat western tsunami victims

The frequency of the Rh(D) antigen in Caucasians in N.A and Europe is ~85% but has a frequency in parts of Asia approroaching 100%. It makes sense that western tourists requiring transfusion need other westerners to donate.

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