Landmark study: How Australia's blood types are changing

An increasingly 'positive' population may be challenging for supply of RhD-negative red blood cells, researchers say

Changes in the prevalence of certain blood types in Australia may make it increasingly challenging to find RhD-negative blood donors, the national blood supplier says.

O-neg blood

In the first analysis of the distribution of blood groups for nearly 30 years, the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood notes the proportion of people with RhD-positive blood has risen in line with changing demographics as a result of immigration.

Their landmark study, published by The Medical Journal of

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