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Separation of Individuals of Any Blood Group into Secretors and Non-Secretors by Use of a Plant Agglutinin (Lectin)

William C. Boyd and Elizabeth Shapleich Blood, 1954, Vol. 9, No. 12, pp. 1195-1198. � 1954 American Society of Hematology, Inc. Department of Biochemistry, Boston University School of Medicine.

  • It has been found that an anti-H agglutinin, prepared by simple saline extraction of seeds of Ulex europeus, is suitable for the routine separation of individuals into secretors and non-secretors, merely by testing the ability of the undiluted saliva of the subjects to inhibit the agglutination of group O erythrocytes by the undiluted Ulex extract.

Submitted on March 3, 1954 Accepted on April 20, 1954