Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Biological Sciences

First Advisor

Dr. Bettina B. Carter

Second Advisor

Dr. William VanDeventer

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The Problem And Its Background


Perhaps one of the most popular subjects, and a subject which has been discussed a great deal by the layman is that of Rh and Rh incompatibilities.

Landsteiner1 discovered the Rh property of human blood by means of immune sera prepared with the blood of rhesus monkeys. He was assisted in this work by Wiener2, who states that the Rh property was found to be present in about 85% of white individuals, and independent of the blood groups and M-N type. It is these individuals who are referred to as Rh positive, the remaining 15% being Rh negative.

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