Studies on Kuru

VI. Blood Groups in Kuru

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  • Commonwealth Serum Laboratories, Public Health Department, National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Blindness, National Institutes of Health, Melbourne, Australia

Summary

The ABO, MNSs and Rh blood group gene frequencies are presented for 167 kuru victims and 25 kuru-recovered subjects, and comparisons made with other populations in the kuru region and with kuru-free Eastern Highland populations. Comparative results in other blood group systems are also summarized.

Some differences were found between kuru-afflicted and kuru-free groups, but these are not considered sufficient to be regarded as evidence of an association between the kuru-predisposing gene and any of the blood factors.

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