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Blood Groups of some Australian Aborigines of the Western Desert

Naturevolume 212page545 (1966) | Download Citation



DURING our current genetic study of the Australian Aborigine of the Western Desert of Western Australia, we have been able to determine the blood groups of a small sample of people living on the Seventh Day Adventist Mission at Wiluna, about 100 miles east of Meekatharra. A preliminary report is given here; the full population has not yet been sampled. Forty-four persons of mixed sexes and ages, of full blood Aboriginal stock, were sampled and tested for ABO, MNS, Rhesus, P, Lutheran (Lub), Lewis, Kidd and Vel types.

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  1. 1

    Kirk, R. L., Occ. Papers in Abor. Studies, Inst. Abor. Studies, Canberra, 4, 1 (1965).

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    Scott, I. D., and Scott, M. K. (in the press).

  3. 3

    Scott, I. D. (unpublished data).

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    Simmons, R. T., Graydon, J. J., and Birdsell, J. B., Nature, 172, 500 (1953).

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  1. Human Genetics Unit, Department of Zoology, University of Western Australia

    • I. D. SCOTT
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