This research unit is concerned with the identification and characterization of new blood group variants and scientific appraisal of discrepancies in blood group results. Classic family studies and special immunohematology diagnostics are applied at the serological and molecular level or using in vitro experiments.
New gene variants are examined for how frequently they occur in our Styrian blood donors and also find their way into international blood group allele databases. Studies and cooperations are carried out to solve problems in which blood groups may play a role.
Another emphasis is on developing new methods including molecular analysis of blood group, RNA analysis and digital PCR diagnostics.