Archive for the 'Rh Negative Blood' Category

02
Sep
13

Inter-Species Blood Transfusion

You might have heard about the recent (August 2013) blood transfusion between a cat and a dog which took place in New Zealand.  This is the link to the story as reported by Sky news:  http://news.sky.com/story/1131354/dog-saves-cat-in-rare-blood-transfusion-op

The article begins:

“Macy the Labrador stepped in when Rory the ginger tom became ill after eating rat poison.

“Vet Kate Heller, of Tauranga in New Zealand, said the feeble feline was fading fast and needed an immediate transfusion to survive.

“She searched for a suitable donor cat but could not find one quickly enough.”

The story continues that the Labrador was used as a blood donor and, happily, the cat is doing fine.

What really got my interest were the last three paragraphs of the article:

“Interspecies transfusion, as acts like a dog giving a cat blood are called, has only been successfully carried out a handful of times.

“According to experts, cats do not have antibodies that reject dogs’ blood, so a transfusion may buy enough time for the cat to regenerate its own red blood cells.

“Only one transfusion can be done because a second dose of dog blood would be the death of the cat.”

I couldn’t help but think of the similarity of an Rh- woman giving birth to a Rh+ child.  The first time, there is no problem as there are no antibodies present.  But without Rhogam having been administered, there would be antibodies present during the second pregnancy.

Inter-species.

26
Sep
12

Rh Negative Blood Origins Revisited

A few days ago I received the following comment to a post that I made back on October 29, 2009 regarding possible origins of Rh Negative blood. Within this post I made the statement that Rh Negative blood was believed to have been caused by some sort of mutation that occurred many thousands of years ago. This explanation was by far the most common (and admittedly vague) explanation for the origin of Rh negative blood at the time.

This is the comment I received a few days ago:

“A mutation? I have a bachelor of archaeology (la trobe) so I can shed a little light on this. The O RH – blood type was the most common blood type of the earliest modern human homo sapiens. The blood types AB and RH positive factors were introduced during the Human – Neanderthal divergence period. It is the blood types AB that are foreign to the original modern humans. RH negative is the blood type of the original humans. After statistical analysis of the blood groups of the earliest modern human homo sapien communities they have found Type O RH – negative as the dominant factor. These are communities that predate divergence and were free of neanderthal and other early hominid contamination. Basically concluding that our earliest human ancestors were uncontaminated by the rhesus factor. It is not a reptillian mutation, but the original blood type of the purest human ancestors. It is likely a contributing reason for the O RH – negative blood type being the universal donor.”

More and more sites can be found on the internet today regarding Rh Negative blood as the original blood factor. The following site is extremely interesting:

http://www.aoi.com.au/bcw/neanderbasque.htm

Is the truth to be found on the internet, or are we being fed delibrate mistruths? Whatever the case, this article on the Basques is definitely worth reading.

24
Jul
12

Cloning Rh Negative Blood

If you search the web on “rh negative blood cloning” or some variation thereof, many sites will come up and you’ll find a reference to Rh Negative blood not being able to be cloned.  For the most part, these websites don’t provide a source for that statement. 

In doing that search now in 2012, I’m amazed by the lack of current information.  Most of the articles that do come up are from the 1990′s.  In 1997 sciencenews.org said the following:

http://www.sciencenews.org/sn_arc97/1_11_97/bob1.htm

Any technology that would convert blood to a true universal donor type must take another characteristic, Rh factor, into account. A cell surface protein first discovered in the blood of Rhesus monkeys, the Rh factor can provoke an immune reaction in people whose blood doesn’t normally carry it. People who have the protein on their red blood cells are deemed Rh-positive; those who don’t are Rh-negative.

Rh incompatibility is less of a problem than ABO incompatibility, says Klein. A majority of people in the United States, about 84 percent, have Rh-positive blood.

Moreover, an Rh-negative person can withstand one accidental transfusion of Rh-positive blood because the Rh-negative person doesn’t develop anti-Rh antibodies until 3 or 4 months later, Klein says. “The second transfusion, after they already have that antibody they made as a result of the first transfusion, could be very serious.” An Rh-negative woman who develops antibodies from bearing an Rh-positive child faces that risk if she conceives a second Rh-positive child or receives an Rh-positive blood transfusion.

Several labs have cloned the Rh factor, Goldstein says, but no one fully understands its three-dimensional structure. Therefore, researchers are only beginning to explore techniques for Rh conversion. If researchers can identify which part of the protein stimulates the immune response, then perhaps they can alter that portion to make the blood cell effectively Rh-negative. Eventually they want to produce type O, Rh-negative blood–the kind any person can receive without fear.

So, supposedly, in 1997, Rh positive blood was being cloned but not Rh negative blood.  I can find no information that indicates that in the intervening years Rh negative blood has been successfully cloned.  However, I did find the following fairly recent article about “pharming” or genetically engineered Rh negative blood.  I read into this that pharming is being attempted because Rh negative blood cannot be cloned.  Please see the following taken from the UK’s Daily Mail:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1293361/Scientists-develop-fake-genetically-engineered-blood-use-battlefield.html

“American scientists have developed ‘artificial’ blood that could soon be used to treat wounded soldiers in battle.

The genetically-engineered blood is created by  taking cells from umbilical cords and using a machine to mimic the way bone marrow works to produce mass quantities of usable units of red blood cells.

Known as ‘blood pharming’ the programme was launched in 2008 by the Pentagon’s experimental arm, Darpa, to create blood to treat soldiers in far-flung battlefields.

The firm Arteriocyte, which received $1.95 million for the project, has now sent off its first shipment of O-negative blood to the food and drugs watchdog in the US, the FDA

The blood is made by using hematopoietic cells taken from umbilical cords in a process called ‘pharming’ – using genetically engineered plants or animals to create mass quantities of useful substances.

One umbilical cord can be turned into around 20 units of usable blood. A wounded soldier in the field will require an average of six units during treatment.

Blood cells produced using this method are ‘functionally indistinguishable from red blood cells in healthy circulation’, the company claims.

‘We’re basically mimicking bone marrow in a lab environment,’ Arteriocyte boss Don Brown told Wired magazine.

‘Our model works, but we need to extrapolate our production abilities to make scale.’

If approved it could revolutionise battlefields where a shortage of blood donors can hamper treatment of wounded soldiers.

The process of giving transfusions in war zones is also made more difficult because donated blood has to be transported long distance before it reaches the field hospitals where it is urgently needed

Some blood is already 21 days old before it reaches patients, meaning it only has around a week-long shelf-life before it must be discarded. There are increased risks of infection or organ failure if blood is too old.

Mr Brown said: ‘Until now, the military’s strategy has mainly been contained to basically using stale blood,’

‘And they’ll set up mobile blood banks in a war zone, but even every troop rolling up their sleeve might not be enough when you’ve got a crisis with dozens or more injuries.’

Human trials are not likely until 2013, but the firm predicts the ‘pharmed’ blood could be used by the military within five years if the Pentagon calls for it sooner.

A unit of blood is around a pint and the human body contains between eight and ten pints of blood in total.

Currently, each unit made by Arteriocyte costs $5,000 to produce. If approved, the firm expects to bring this down to around $1,000 per unit by scaling up the production process.

As well as being needed by the military, ‘pharmed’ blood could also be used in hospitals to make up for shortfalls in blood donations if it is approved.

The ‘pharmed’ blood is type O negative which is the most sought after variation because it can be used with any patient, regardless of their own blood type.

Last month the US Red Cross issued an urgent appeal for blood donors to come forward after it said that its supply of O Negative blood was hitting ‘critically low levels.”

If anyone has more info on this subject they’d like to share, please do!  Thanks

 

03
Apr
12

Rh Negative, RhoGAM and Children With Neurological Disorders

I am sharing some info recently received from StarFire, the Network Administrator at http://www.rhnegativeblood.ning.com/, who states:

“We are wonderful resource for rh negative people, and that is all because of our members. With so many people bringing their ideas, research and personal experience into the mix, it’s kind of hard not to be a good thing- especially where rh negatives are concerned. Because of our rare type, we often have to deal with things that the general population does not. Anti- D, or RhoGam as it is popularly termed is one of those things. Most of you know that women who are rh negative and pregnant are given this injection at various times during and or/after pregnancy. It’s a hot topic in our community, which brings me to why I am sending this message.

I wanted to share a new project with you. Recently I was approached by a member who is a graduate student, and she is interested in a finding out if there is a possible relationship between the anti-D injections that many rh negatives receive during pregnancy and children with neurological disorders. Her name is Penny, and she has two children that have neurological disorders and one child that doesn’t. Penny and I have put together a survey for women who have had children that asks some basic questions designed to show whether there is a correlation, or not. The more people that respond the better!

Penny is planning on writing her final paper on what she finds out in this survey. Usually a paper for a Masters Degree is read by people that could move to do some more research on a subject. WE NEED THE RESEARCH!

I know that this is a “hot” issue in our community so, if you have had children, please take a moment and take the survey- and then please take a moment and SHARE IT! Some people say that there is not a higher incidence of neurological disorders in our children and others say that it is a tremendous increase. Let’s see if we can find out, or at least pose the question in such a way that the medical community needs to look into it further. Women of any blood group are welcome to take the survey, we encourage any women who has given birth to answer the questions.

To take the survey, click HERE http://kwiksurveys.com/online-survey.php?surveyID=LMDMFH_db2b0794, and please pass it on!

This is really important and could be a huge boost for interest in doing necessary and LONG OVERDUE research on the issues of our community.”

As I’ve mentioned in other posts, http://www.rhnegativeblood.ning.com/ is an amazing site and I highly recommend it. Please check it out if you haven’t already done so!

25
Feb
12

Rh Negatives, Telepathy and Extraterrestrials

I’ve described elsewhere in this blog my UFO sighting decades ago when I was a teenager. My mother was with me that summer night as we watched a very dim light on the eastern horizon making a slow and almost imperceptible track toward the north. For many minutes we followed the movement of this object…two Rh negative women transfixed on it. And then it stopped. Just stopped. I felt that “they” must have picked up on our thought waves. We stood there watching and waiting. And suddenly it started zooming in our direction. Petrified, we ran inside. Had they picked up on our thoughts? My mother and I felt certain they had. I still believe this.

Have any of you Rh negatives out there reading this had telepathic experiences, either extraterrestrial or otherwise?

A recent news article about President Eisenhower meeting with aliens started me thinking about telepathy recently. Supposedly the meetings with the aliens were arranged through telepathic messages. See the following:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2100947/Eisenhower-secret-meetings-aliens-pentagon-consultant-claims.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

11
Feb
12

Have You Heard It?

A couple of weeks ago I went outside to feed the birds.  It was early afternoon, the day was clear but windy.  I stepped outside and immediately heard a sound that I had never heard before.  It is hard to describe it.  The best I can do is to say it sounded like a rhythmic, mechanical whooshing sound…whoosh…whoosh…whoosh.  It was relatively loud and seemed to be coming from everwhere. 

I looked up at the sky because I thought maybe an airplane was flying overhead and the wind was somehow pushing the sound of the engine down to earth in waves.  There was no plane in sight.  The sound remained constant for the several minutes I was outside.  I thought that it sounded like what I would imagine a wind turbine sounded like, although I have never actually heard one and there are none near me.

The sound was eerie and unsettling.  I quickly filled up the birdfeeders and went back inside.  I could not hear the sound once inside the house.  As I thought about it more, I thought that it almost sounded like a heart pumping blood…that rhythmic whoosh.

The following week I had a friend over and we went outside briefly and I could hear the same sound but this time it was much lower in volume, but definitely there.  I turned to my friend and asked “Do you hear that?”  He looked at me and said “Hear what?”  I said “That whooshing sound”.  He said he didn’t.  Now that really concerned me because this guy has incredible hearing; he can hear things I can’t.  Why could I hear it and he couldn’t?  Was it an Rh negative thing? 

Two days ago I was reading a blog which mentioned the eerie sounds being heard worldwide.  Well, this got my immediate attention.  What worldwide sounds?  Was it related to what I heard?  I did a search on the internet and sure enought there were reports of strange noises being heard around the world.  You Tube has many videos.  I listened to some but none were similar to what I heard.

Have any of you heard anything similar?  I’d love to hear from you if you have.

23
Jan
12

Rh Negative Team on Etsy

I’m a seller on Etsy and am intrigued by the amazing community on that site.  We support and promote other sellers by creating  “Treasury Lists” which feature 16 items from other sellers.  We join various teams which have a myriad of themes…like the Cat Lovers Team, the Facebook Team,  Vintage Lovers Team,  Needlefelt Team etc.  Many of these teams are very active with members communicating back and forth, sharing new items and treasuries.   It’s really a social network with a buying/selling format.

I thought it might be interesting to see if any Rh negative Etsians would be interested in joining a team of like individuals to share our interests; to see what we have in common (other than blood that is). 

If you’re an Etsy member and interested in joining (you don’t have to be Rh negative, just interested in the topic) please see the following site:

http://www.etsy.com/teams/11615/rh-negative-team




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