Tuesday, December 9, 2008

When Wikipedia is Insufficient: The Lie!Fam, Blood Transfusions, and Massive Confusion

In the two-minute clip from the premiere of Lost, in which we learn that Kate still keeps pictures of her ex-fiance prominently displayed in her home, our heroine must act fast when her blood and Aaron's are requested by some lawyers. Set aside the fact that the firm's name (Agostini and Norton) feels like it should anagram into something and you're still left with something pretty problematic for Kate and her pretend son.

And then I wondered--

Why can't she get Jack's? As he so politely alluded to in "Something Nice Back Home," Jack, unlike Kate, is blood-related to Aaron.

In Athena Alexandria's lovely new spec!fic, "Sanctuary," she posits that the leukocytes (white blood cells) would show that Kate's blood was inherently "male," and therefore, um, not hers.

I don't know if she researched this. Wikipedia's page on DNA testing didn't address this specific issue (which is surprising, since I'm sure it's SO common), but it stands to reason that if you look at a person's chromosomes, there's going to be an XX or XY situation going on there.

Okay, that makes sense to me.

But then how could you get a blood transfusion? They don't have to make sure that you get "female" blood if you're female or "male" blood if you're male, right? Does your body turn that blood into blood with your DNA on it somehow? Or is it just assumed that the ratio of transfused blood to own personal blood is such that it would never really be a problem? Or could you hypothetically have a blood transfusion when you're five, be involved in a custody battle when you're thirty, and be disproven as your kid's dad because they happened to grab a white blood cell that belongs to someone else and has been zooming through your circulatory system for the last twenty-five years?

::Screams in frustration.::

In any case, I really like the speculation over in the comment section on a recent Dark post that Kate shows up wherever she shows up at (Sun's? Cassidy's?) to drop off Aaron for a little while, then goes to meet Jack. It's really hard to go on A-Missions and raise a kid at the same time. It would also explain why we've seen filming reports that involve Jack and Kate--and not Aaron.

Dana Scully looks at me and says, "I told you so."

6 Responses to “When Wikipedia is Insufficient: The Lie!Fam, Blood Transfusions, and Massive Confusion”

Kat said...
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Kat said...

Interesting. Hmmm, not sure if I'm buying the whole male/female blood thing since, like you, that says to me a blood transfusion could potentially change the gender of your circulatory system! Crazy! But I'm by no means a Geneticist or Hematologist or any other ist!

Not sure if Kate realizes the lawyers are fake or she thinks the blood test threat is real but I wouldn't be completely shocked if she showed up at Jack's asked him for some blood as a next course of action. Or maybe she'll just knock him unconscious (as if he could be made more unaware than he already is of late?) and will steal some. He looks a little pale in the promo where Sayid is fighting him. He might be a pint or two low??

BTW the pic in the promo of Jack/Aaron at Kate's...HILARIOUS how different the interpretations of the Skaters (she left it behind: Jate is SO over!) and Jaters (she still loves him, YAY!) are. We are either SO right or SO wrong!

Anonymous said...

Re: Blood

I'm not an expert at all, but I have a theory as to what the deal is. You can get blood from someone of a different gender. There isn't any DNA in your red blood cells (unless you're a camel, but they you've got far greater problems), but there is in your white blood cells. So you get a transfusion. Your body couldn't care less (at least as far as "intruder alert!") goes because that's the job of the white blood cells anyway, and they probably all look pretty similar (none of that A/B/O nonsense of red blood cells). So you're fine, it's probably not going to attack you. Then you get to the issue of a DNA test. Well, white blood cells don't last too long. I think they last longer than red blood cells, but they still need to be replaced fairly frequently. So they're not going to be an issue in the "25 years later" scenario. As for a DNA test from blood shortly after you got a blood transfusion...well, I guess that might be problematic, maybe. But you'd probably just use something else instead of blood if you had had a transfusion that recently.

--Erin

Caroline Carter said...

Wow, thank you so much! This makes a ton of sense--I'm choosing to believe this.

Caroline Carter said...

Oh, and P.S. Kat--we are SO right.

Anonymous said...

interesting anagrams for Agostini and Norton=Not adoring on saint, SAINT Donor Gain Not