Bombay Phenotype

If you have the Bombay phenotype you can be forgiven for considering yourself royalty. They are extremely rare. So much so that they can truly be considered blue blooded. We will find out shortly whether this is a blessing or a curse. The Bombay Phenotype is a blood group. Actually more accurately the absence of one. Discovered in Bombay these were people who didn’t seem to fall in any of the standard categories. A, B,O or AB. What is funny is that not very long ago we didn’t even know that we had blood types. It was all considered to be the same. Yes kings proclaimed themselves to be descended from God. I suppose that gave them a rare blood type. Even a brave physician of that era would not venture to argue. It was better to let the old fool believe that he was, instead of risking decapitation. 

The first time ever blood transfusion was performed between a cow and a human. The human promptly died. Later when human to human was tried the response was similar. It was almost two centuries later that research revealed that humans had dissimilar blood groups. They didn’t mix. It was Karl Landsteiner who discovered and named the human blood groups. Later it was discovered that our ancestors, the apes, too had blood types. So much for the fancy notions of the king. Unless of course he was monkey king, no offence. 

So what of the Bombay blood group? Now labelled the h/h group it is an extremely rare blood type. One in which the standard types have failed to express traits. As a result they cannot be recipients of blood. Other than from people who have the same type. They can however donate blood to everyone. Curse or blessing? Well that depends on how generously you feel toward mankind, doesn’t it?