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Linkages between blood groups and malaria susceptibility

1 ICMR-National Institute of Malaria Research, New Delhi-110 077, India
2 ICMR-National Institute of Malaria Research; Group Leader, Molecular Medicine, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, ArunaAsaf Ali Marg, New Delhi- 110 067, India

Correspondence Address:
Minu Nain,
ICMR-National Institute of Malaria Research, New Delhi-110 077
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-9062.345177

Blood typing has revolutionized the field of medical science since its discovery about a century back. Besides its established role in life saving blood transfusions, researchers have always been curious about the blood groups and human ailments relationship. 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 associations of different blood groups in the context of malaria.

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