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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 59  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 193-197

Linkages between blood groups and malaria susceptibility

1 ICMR-National Institute of Malaria Research, New Delhi 110077, India
2 ICMR-National Institute of Malaria Research, New Delhi 110077; Molecular Medicine Group, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi 110067, India

Correspondence Address:
Amit Sharma
ICMR-National Institute of Malaria Research, New Delhi-110077
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0972-9062.345177

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Blood typing has revolutionized the field of medical science since its discovery about a century ago. Besides its established role in life-saving blood transfusions, researchers have always been curious about the relationship between blood groups and human ailments. The effect of blood groups on disease outcomes, susceptibility, and mortality has been widely explored. According to a particular school of thought, the endemicity of diseases shapes the distribution of blood group frequency in human populations and exert selection pressure favoring one blood type over another. Here we discuss the scope and association of different blood groups in the context of malaria.

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