24 October 2012

If only Defoe had known when he wrote his satire The true-born Englishman. Not only pipid frogs and neanderthal people; I now happily learn that my blood group A is found in me and monkeys and it has been there in us from a common genetic source over millions of years. It would have apoplexed Huxley’s bishop.

See: Laure SEGUREL and others ‘The ABO blood group is a trans-species polymorphism in primates’ in PNAS 22 October 2012

[PNAS: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. An abstract of the research report is free on the website; the full article is readable only on payment at present.]

Frogs and neanderthals can be found through yesterday’s post. The encounter between Thomas Huxley and Samuel Wilberforce, bishop of Oxford, was on 30 June 1860.