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Markus Stocker

Between information technology and environmental science with a flair for economics, the clarinet, and the world of soups and salads.

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Not sure why, but during my stay in the US in 2008 I never donated blood, something I use to do on a regular basis in my home country. Not that I didn’t try to figure where, when and how last year in the US, but I guess one year is not enough to relocate overseas such little precious details too. Well, the other theory is: I didn’t try hard enough.

But now I’m back and I recently went to donate blood. As you might know, the blood undergoes a number of tests. I never knew exactly how many and which, so this time I asked for information. I’ll list here the tests, as a a reminder for myself and for interested readers. I’d like to point out, tests on donated blood are likely to differ between countries.