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Transferrin Variants in Finland

Naturevolume 199page831 (1963) | Download Citation



THE gene responsible for transferrin C seems to be very common in all human populations. Of the rare alleles, those producing the faster-moving variants have mainly been found in Caucasoids. The most common of them is B2, which has been observed in 1 per cent of Canadian Whites, Englishmen and Swedes1–3. Tf B1 has been reported in 1 of 139 British Whites2 and 2 of 1,173 Swedes3.

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  1. Department of Serology and Bacteriology, University of Helsinki, Finland

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