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What is the RH factor, is the Resus monkey related to it ?

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kathijadane | Student, Grade 10 | Honors

Posted July 12, 2011 at 3:13 PM via web

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What is the RH factor, is the Resus monkey related to it ?

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bgidcumb | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 13, 2011 at 7:28 AM (Answer #1)

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The Rh factor identifies whether your blood is type positive or type negative. If you are Rh+, you carry the Rh antigen. If you are Rh-, you do not carry the antigen. If a person who is Rh- receives blood that is positive, then they will form anti-Rh+ antibodies to destroy the foreign blood.

The relationship to the Rhesus monkey is that these antigens were first discovered in the blood from a Rhesus monkey and then later discovered in human blood.

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