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What are genetic mutations?
A genetic mutation is a change to a gene's DNA sequence to produce something different. It creates a permanent change to that gene's DNA sequence. Genetic variations are important for humans to evolve, which is the process of change over generations. A sporadic genetic mutation occurs in one person.
What kinds of mutations are most likely to be passed on to the offspring?
Two major categories of mutations are germline mutations and somatic mutations. Germline mutations occur in gametes, the sex cells, such as eggs and sperm. These mutations are especially significant because they can be transmitted to offspring and every cell in the offspring will have the mutations.
What are the 3 types of gene mutations?
There are three types of DNA Mutations: base substitutions, deletions and insertions. Single base substitutions are called point mutations, recall the point mutation Glu -----> Val which causes sickle-cell disease.
How does substitution mutation affect amino acids?
A substitution mutation can cause the following: Change in the coding of amino acids codon to a particular stop codon resulting in an incomplete protein, which is usually non-functional. Can cause Silent mutations where a codon change can encode the same amino acid resulting in no changes in the protein synthesized.
What could potentially cause more damage to an organism a deletion mutation?
Because an insertion or deletion results in a frame-shift that changes the reading of subsequent codons and, therefore, alters the entire amino acid sequence that follows the mutation, insertions and deletions are usually more harmful than a substitution in which only a single amino acid is altered.
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