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Blood Types Are Determined by Cell-Surface Antigens The following data were presented to a court during a paternity suit: (1) The infant is a universal donor for blood transfusions, (2) the mother bears antibodies against the B antigen only, and (3) the alleged father is a universal recipient in blood transfusions. a. Can you identify the ABO genotypes of the three individuals? b. Can the court draw any conclusions?

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Blood Types Are Determined by Cell-Surface Antigens

The following data were presented to a court during a paternity suit: (1) The infant is a universal donor for blood transfusions, (2) the mother bears antibodies against the B antigen only, and (3) the alleged father is a universal recipient in blood transfusions.

  1. a. Can you identify the ABO genotypes of the three individuals?
  2. b. Can the court draw any conclusions?

a.

Summary Introduction

To determine: The ABO genotype of the three individuals.

Introduction: The blood group of an individual is determined by the presence of a certain kind of antigen on the surface of blood cells. A, B, AB, and O are four major blood groups found in human beings. The determination of the blood type of an individual is essential before the process of blood transfusion.

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The infant is a universal donor for the process of blood transfusion as per the data given in the question. This means that the infant has blood group O. So, the person with this blood group can donate blood to all other types of blood groups. The mother has antibodies against the B antigen only. The antigen B is present in the blood group B. If blood group B would be transfused to the person with blood group A, then some antibodies would be produced against it...

b.

Summary Introduction

To determine: The conclusions made by the court during the paternity suit.

Introduction: The blood group of an individual is determined by the presence of a certain kind of antigen on the surface of blood cells. A, B, AB, and O are four major blood groups found in human beings. The determination of the blood type of an individual is essential before the process of blood transfusion.

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