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Blood Group Genetics

  1. Geoff Daniels

Published Online: 23 SEP 2005

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0003854



How to Cite

Daniels, G. 2005. Blood Group Genetics. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Bristol Institute for Transfusion Sciences, Bristol, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 SEP 2005


Blood groups are antigenic determinants on blood cells that represent inherited variation of the proteins, glycoproteins and glycolipids that are exposed at the cell surface. Most of the genes encoding blood group antigens, either directly or indirectly, have been cloned and the molecular bases for many of the polymorphisms are known.


  • red blood cells;
  • ABO;
  • Rh;
  • Kell;
  • integral membrane proteins