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Cynthia McKanzie – MessageToEagle.com – The current world population is 7.7 billion, and the number is increasing quickly. Did you know that Rh-null, sometimes referred to as ‘golden blood’ is the world’s rarest blood type? It’s so rare that less than 50 people have it! There are currently only 43 people who have Rh-null!
Golden blood is the world’s rarest blood type. Credit: Public Domain
Having a unique blood type can make you feel special, but it’s also dangerous. A person with Rh-null who need blood transfusion can have extreme difficulties finding a donator.
The most common blood types are A, B, AB or O with a positive or negative. In addition to this, there are several blood types that are categorized as rare. A person who has a rare blood type is missing an antigen which is common to most people. Another option is that his or her blood has an antigen which most people don’t have.
Golden blood was first discovered in an Aboriginal Australian who had it. Later, scientists discovered there are more people who carry Rh-null and they live in other parts of the world. Blood is considered Rh-null if it lacks all of the 61 possible antigens in the Rh system. As Big Think reports, blood is considered Rh-null if it lacks all of the 61 possible antigens in the Rh system. This not only makes it rare, but this also means it can be accepted by anyone with a rare blood type within the Rh system.”
People who have golden blood have great difficulties finding a donor if a blood transfusion is needed. Credit: Public Domain
According to Australian Academy of Science, golden blood is so rare that donations of Rh – null are incredibly scarce.
Mosaic Science explains that scientists are working hard to unravel the mysteries of the physiological role of the intriguingly complex Rh system are keen to get hold of Rh -null blood, as it offers the perfect ‘knockout’ system. “Rare negative blood is so sought after for research that even though all samples stored in blood banks are anonymized, there have been cases where scientists have tried to track down and approach individual donors directly to ask for blood.”
Since golden blood is widely regarded as a universal blood for all people with rare blood types within the Rh system, its life-saving capability is enormous.
Another very rare blood type is Bombay blood group that was discussed previously on Message To Eagle. It is estimated that Bombay blood is only present in about 1 in 10, 000 Indians and 1 per 1,000,000 individuals in Europe. People who carry this rare blood type can accept blood only from another Bombay blood type individual, and not from anyone who is O, A, B or AB type.
Written by Cynthia McKanzie – MessageToEagle.com Staff Writer
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