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Mutation
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Mutations are changes in genetic information that result in modification of form or function of an organism. Two basic types of mutations occur: somatic and germ-line mutations. Somatic mutations are changes in the DNA of somatic cells such as skin or liver cells. Germ-line mutations affect typically only the cells directly descendent from the originally mutated cell but germ-line mutations (changes in the DNA of sperm or egg cells) have the potential to affect every cell of the o…

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Kunert, Charles J., “Mutation”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 03 July 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_14629>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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