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There are many molecules on the surface of red blood cells that vary between individuals, and these form the basis of blood groups. The most commonly recognised of these are the ABO blood groups, and Rh antigens (which are signified by the “positive” or “negative” that comes after A, B or O on your blood type).

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Blood is vitally important for our body. As it’s pumped around our body through veins and arteries, it transports oxygen from our lungs to all of the other organs, tissues and cells that need it. Blood also removes waste products from our organs and tissues, taking them to the liver and kidneys, where they’re removed from the body.

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Just as a village can’t grow into a city without some form of transport (road, rail or river) that provides necessary interconnections for it to flourish, living things are limited in the size they can reach unless they have some form of circulatory system to transport nutrients and remove waste.

Single celled organisms such as bacteria and fungi, and some multicellular creatures such as sponges, corals and flatworms, simply absorb the nutrients they need and get rid of their waste using a passive process known as diffusion (which is much like soaking in and draining out).

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Every year in Australia over 300 people are reported as suffering from a debilitating disease known as Q fever. The Blood Service is currently undertaking research into this poorly understood disease to help map the true numbers of those infected across Australia.

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It’s a question we face, every time we meet someone new: ”Blood donor research? What’s that?”. When we tell someone we work as researchers at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, we usually get the “right, blood…” comment, expressed with varying degrees of confusion and discomfort. But rather than blood itself, our team’s work focusses on the most important part of the donation process: the donor.

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The Australian Red Cross Blood Service manages a pool of close to half a million volunteer donors and processes around 1.3 million blood donations every year to provide blood products to hospitals throughout Australia. Maintaining an adequate supply of safe blood and blood products is our mission, and one that is supported by a strategically focused research effort.

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