Wendy Hutchins Microbiology and Immunology

Microbiology, bacteria, pathology and Immunology

The Story

Hutchins is Manager of the Biotechnology Training Centre and Core program coordinator for the Master's in Biomedical Technology program at the University of Calgary. She is involved in a variety of science outreach programs including being on the education steering committe for Calgary Science Network, Chair of the advisory committee for MLA/MLT programs at SAIT, and faculty advisor for the Calgary chapter of Let's Talk Science.

Career ideas:

  • Microbiologists and cell and molecular biologists research such areas as bacteria, fungi, viruses, tissues, cells, pharmaceuticals, and plant/animal toxins.
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  • Biotechnology, chemical, pharmaceutical, food, health care, resource, environmental, and consulting companies, Government
  • Educational institutions, universities/research institutes, Forestry/agricultural sectors.
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The Person

Coordinator, Biomedical Technology Program
University of Calgary
  • BSc. (Biology) U. of Windsor, Ontario
  • PhD. (Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology) from the Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, OH
Last Updated
June 17, 2015

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question #2687

Does a person get their blood from both parents or just one? My parents seem to think that one's blood comes only from their father. They plan on marrying me off to my first cousin (my mother's nephew; her sister's son) -- as is a custom in many Middle Eastern traditions -- and they say there would be no harm to a child born to us (no birth defects, mental retardation, etc). I read a few reports that suggest the likelihood of birth defects in children born from consanguineous cousin-unions to be about 2% higher than children born to non-related couples. Furthermore, I don't believe that blood only comes from the father; I have reason to believe it comes from both parents. So, if you could explain it to me in a scientific way, to dispel the myth, so that I can explain that to my parents, it would be extremely appreciated.

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