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Australia antigen

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An antigen present in the sera of patients with viral hepatitis, but rarely present in patients with infectious hepatitis.

Description

An antigen present in the sera of patients with viral hepatitis, but rarely present in patients with infectious hepatitis. This antigen is also found in normal populations in the tropics and the southeast Asia. It was first isolated by the American research physician and Nobel Prize winner Baruch S. Blumberg (1925) in the serum of an Australian aborigine.

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