Groups With Rh Negative Factors

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Groups With Rh Negative Factors
People with a negative Rh factor can receive only Rh negative blood. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

There are two different Rh blood types: positive and negative. People with a positive Rh factor have special proteins attached to their red blood cells. People who do not have these proteins attached to their red blood cells are Rh negative. Certain groups of people have an unusually high percentage of Rh negative blood. Each group is fascinating in its own special way.

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The Basques, known to be the oldest distinct group of people in Europe, have an unusually high percentage of Rh negative blood types. Today, they live in parts of both Spain and France and maintain their distinct culture. According to Rh-NegativeNetwork, "They have an independent spirit, respect for liberty of the individual, and a love of freedom. For that reason, they have struggled to become an autonomous region, with their own government, for years." (See Reference 1.)

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Compared to these three groups, the Indo-European whites who form the majority of the European population have a lower percentage of Rh negative blood types. Most Asian and Native American populations, however, have few to no Rh negative occurrences. The same negligible percentage is found in the African American population.

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