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Re: Girl switches blood type after liver transplant.
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2008, 08:00:28 am »
http://www.yahoo.com/s/790752

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This seems like fairly good news... why the  :-\ smiley?
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Re: Girl switches blood type after liver transplant.
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2008, 08:09:04 am »
It's just so... strange. Kind of like a special ability or something.

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Re: Girl switches blood type after liver transplant.
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2008, 08:13:05 am »
This is very interesting. It was caused by stem cells.

This is incredible for the medicine industry. I hope they are trying to recreate this,
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Re: Girl switches blood type after liver transplant.
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2008, 08:14:21 am »
How bizzarre. I wonder if it was just fluke or whether it could be somehow replicated under controlled conditions.
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Re: Girl switches blood type after liver transplant.
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2008, 01:58:59 pm »
Reading the topic I was sitting there thinking how on earth did a liver change her blood type. But yeah, if they could reproduce this they could practically eradicate organ rejection and allow people to avoid a lifetime of harsh immunal suppresents.
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Re: Girl switches blood type after liver transplant.
« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2008, 02:05:00 pm »
Homosexuality and Abortion caused this  :P

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Re: Girl switches blood type after liver transplant.
« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2008, 02:05:48 pm »
Would someone care to give me a brief 101 on blood types? I've never understood them at all, I figured blood was just blood.

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Re: Girl switches blood type after liver transplant.
« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2008, 02:31:46 pm »
Blood cells in other blood types are a little different, like they have their own scent. When you mix blood white blood cells recognize the other ype as a virus and they attack each other.
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Re: Girl switches blood type after liver transplant.
« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2008, 02:46:56 pm »
Would someone care to give me a brief 101 on blood types? I've never understood them at all, I figured blood was just blood.

Red blood cells have sugars bound to their surface for the purposes of immune recognition and so forth. In humans there are generally two different sugars A and B, AB blood types have both and O types have neither. Theres also the positive and negative aspect, which is down to the presence of some other factor in the red cell, but I can't remember exactly what.
If you get given blood which has a sugar which you don't have it causes rejection issues, so O negative blood can be given to anyone without rejection issues, but O negative people can only recieve O negative blood. AB positive is the other way around, they can recieve blood of any type but can only donate to other AB positives.
I hope that clears things up.
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Re: Girl switches blood type after liver transplant.
« Reply #10 on: January 24, 2008, 02:48:41 pm »
Perfectly, thanks. I always did wonder how it worked.
And yes, now that I understand the significance of the news story it does seem like it'd be pretty useful to replicate. Though I wouldn't count on practical applications or theory just yet, I imagine they'll be giving it some time and looking very closely for side effects.

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Re: Girl switches blood type after liver transplant.
« Reply #11 on: January 24, 2008, 03:03:42 pm »
Its just really great when something like this is just stumpled upon. I don't under stand fully how the way you inherit which blood type from your parents, but this would be interesting to see how this change affects future generations at 15 I guess it's unlikely she has kids already. Still just from that stand point it would be something.

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Re: Girl switches blood type after liver transplant.
« Reply #12 on: January 24, 2008, 03:16:15 pm »
This is in the same vein as the current topic, someone mentioned organ transplants and the drugs people have to take. They are currently working on a method of preventing the rejection of transplant organs by taking the bone marrow from the donor. It's really interesting, check it out here. For the audio version click the red 'listen' button.