The Bombay Blood Group

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The Bombay Blood Group

Homozygous "hh" individuals do not form H substance and thus have no way for late sugars to attach. The blood group resulting from the homozygous "hh" condition is called the Bombay blood group (Bombay phenotype). Due to the presence of anti-H in the serum of a person with the Bombay phenotype, only blood from another person with the Bombay phenotype may be transfused.