Julien Delobel, Stefano Barelli, Michel Prudent, Niels Lion, Jean-Daniel Tissot, Transfusion Interrégionale CRS, 1066 Lausanne, Switzerland
Olivier Garraud, Jean-Jacques Lefrère, Institut National de Transfusion Sanguine, 75739 Paris, France
Olivier Garraud, Faculty of Medicine, University of Lyon Saint-Etienne, 69007 Lyon, France
Author contributions: Delobel J and Tissot JD wrote the review; Garraud O, Barelli S, Prudent M and Lion N wrote different parts of the paper; Lefrère JJ, before dying, gave us many historical information used in the paper.
Supported by The Commission de Recherche du Service de Transfusion Sanguine de la Croix Rouge suisse and the CETRASA.
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Received: July 2, 2015
Peer-review started: July 9, 2015
First decision: August 25, 2015
Revised: September 15, 2015
Accepted: October 16, 2015
Article in press: October 19, 2015
Published online: November 6, 2015