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Mutation

Similar term(s): gene mutation, genetic mutation, chromosomal mutation.

Definition:

Any permanent change in the DNA of a cell.

Mutations may be caused by mistakes during cell division, or they may be caused by exposure to DNA-damaging agents in the environment.

Mutations can be harmful, beneficial, or have no effect. If they occur in cells that make eggs or sperm, they can be inherited; if mutations occur in other types of cells, they are not inherited.

Certain mutations may lead to cancer or other diseases.

Source: NCI cancer.gov dictionary  

Related words:

Cell - Chromosome - Chromosome abnormalities - DNA - Genes - Genotoxic - Mutagen

Translation(s):

Deutsch: Mutation
Español: Mutación
Français: Mutation

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