Author Archives for Stanford Blood Center

Our Inner Ocean

January 21, 2011 10:00 am Published by Comments Off on Our Inner Ocean

Tweet By Billie Rubin, Hemoglobin’s Catabolic Cousin, reporting from the labs of Stanford Blood Center Did you ever wonder what plasma and sea water have in common? Considering it’s our “inner ocean” and that life may have originated in the...


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I’m a Survivor!

January 13, 2011 10:09 am Published by Comments Off on I’m a Survivor!

Below are some reflections by Larry Frederick, a retired Oakland Police officer, who was in a near-fatal accident in 1982. Since his recovery, he has done four cross country tours on his bicycle to raise awareness of the need for...


Type A Cats

January 7, 2011 2:22 pm Published by Comments Off on Type A Cats

Tweet By Billie Rubin, Hemoglobin’s Catabolic Cousin, reporting from the labs of Stanford Blood Center Cat blood is designated as either type A, type B, and rarely type AB. Type A is the most common blood type comprising 90-95% of...


How Long Do Red Blood Cells Live?

December 13, 2010 2:11 pm Published by Comments Off on How Long Do Red Blood Cells Live?

Tweet By Billie Rubin, Hemoglobin’s Catabolic Cousin, reporting from the labs of Stanford Blood Center A unit of red blood cells (RBCs) expires in 35 or 42 days because of the type of anticoagulant in the bag. But in real...


A Daughter’s Legacy

December 6, 2010 4:41 pm Published by Comments Off on A Daughter’s Legacy

When Jenny died on October 28, 1995, a month before her 22nd birthday, she lost her battle with leukemia, but she fulfilled her purpose in life. Just before she died, I promised her that I would carry on that work. To me, it was like receiving a spiritual transfusion. At Jenny's memorial service, I urged people to give blood in her memory and to consider becoming regular donors (giving every eight weeks). For many, the importance of donating blood finally hit home.


Thanks for Giving!

November 24, 2010 10:16 am Published by Comments Off on Thanks for Giving!

  The following note was an e-mail sent to a few of us at SBC from our dedicated, invaluable resource at Stanford Hospital’s Transfusion Service department. She asked that we share this with our donors and what a perfect time...


What Do Monkeys & Rabbits Have To Do With it?

November 5, 2010 1:58 pm Published by Comments Off on What Do Monkeys & Rabbits Have To Do With it?

By Billie Rubin, Hemoglobin’s Catabolic Cousin, reporting from the labs of Stanford Blood Center Most of our blood donors probably already know that the positive or negative after their blood type (A+, B-, for example) represents their Rh factor, an...


Red Blood Cells & Stardust

October 27, 2010 9:30 am Published by Comments Off on Red Blood Cells & Stardust

  By Billie Rubin, Hemoglobin’s Catabolic Cousin, reporting from the labs of Stanford Blood Center Made for Each Other What does the center of the earth have in common with the center of our Red Blood Cells (RBCs)?? Fe: Iron....


The Japanese Blood Drop

September 22, 2010 1:41 pm Published by Comments Off on The Japanese Blood Drop

  By Billie Rubin, Hemoglobin’s Catabolic Cousin, reporting from the labs of Stanford Blood Center Meet Kenketsu-chan (“blood donation girl”), Japan’s most well-known blood donation mascot. She is a little pixie with big shiny drops of blood for ears. Kenketsu-chan...


ABO Dominant and Recessive Genes

September 10, 2010 11:22 am Published by Comments Off on ABO Dominant and Recessive Genes

By Billie Rubin, Hemoglobin’s Catabolic Cousin, reporting from the labs of Stanford Blood Center Here’s an interesting trivia question: Can a man who is type A and a woman who is type B have a type O baby? a) Only...