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The Significance Of Mutations To Living Things

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No; only a small percentage of mutations cause genetic disordersamost have no impact on health or development. For example, some mutations alter a gene's DNA sequence but do not change the function of protein made by the gene. Often, gene mutations that could cause genetic disorder are repaired by certain enzymes before a gene is expressed and an altered protein is produce. Each cell has a number of pathways through which enzymes recognize and repair errors in DNA. Because DNA can be damaged or mutate in many ways, DNA repair is an important process by which the body protects itself from disease. A very small percentage of all mutations actually have a positive effect. These mutations lead to new versions of proteins that help an individual better adapt to changes in his or her environment. For example, beneficial mutation could result in protein that protects individuals and future generations from new strains of bacteria. Because a person's genetic code can have large number of mutations with no effect on health, diagnosing genetic conditions can be difficult. Sometimes, genes thought to be related to particular genetic condition have mutations, but whether these changes are involved in development of condition has not been determine; these genetic changes are known as variants of unknown significance or. Sometimes, no mutations are found in suspected disease - related genes, but mutations are found in other genes whose relationship to particular genetic condition is unknown. It is difficult to know whether these variants are involved in disease. The University of Utah Genetic Science Learning Center provides information about genetic disorders that explains why some mutations cause disorders but others do not. The National Human Genome Research Institute provides information about human genomic variation. Cold Spring Harbor National Laboratoryas DNA From Beginning explains the discovery of DNA repair mechanisms in cells and introduces researchers who work to understand these mechanisms. Force explains the significance of variants of unknown significance in cancer.

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Effects of Mutations

There is ample evidence that mutations are causally related to cancer, prominent age - related disease. Since the 1950s, accumulation of spontaneous mutations in DNA of organs and tissues has been hypothesized to underlie Aging itself. What are mutations, and why are they there? First, it is necessary to distinguish DNA mutations from DNA damage. Dna damage consists of chemical alterations in DNA structure, leading to structure that can no longer serve as substrate for faithful replication or transcription. Dna damage cannot be copied to end up in daughter cells. Dna mutations are heritable changes in the DNA sequence of an organism, which can be part of gene, gene regulatory region, or some noncoding part of the genome. Mutations are usually introduced as a consequence of misreplication or misrepair, for example, due to the presence of DNA damage. Hence, DNA damage can lead to mutations when it is not correctly Repair. Mutations can vary from point mutations, involving single or very few base pairs to large deletions, insertions, duplications, and inversions. In organisms with multiple chromosomes, DNA from one chromosome can be joined to another and actual chromosome number can be affect. Mutations are inevitable. Indeed, they fuel survival of cells and organisms in times of stress. They are substrate for evolution, which gives rise to different life forms. In both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, mutation rates can be greatly increase, causing many cells to die but also giving rise to cells with necessary attributes to survive and expand. Cancer cells, for example, can undergo mutations in genes that control mutation rate. Such mutator phenotypes allow them to accelerate acquisition of novel attributes through Gene Mutation. While in such cases, mutations are detrimental to the host, they are beneficial for the cell. In most cases, mutations will have adverse effects on both host and cell. In somatic cells of multicellular organisms, however, mutations usually have adverse effects.

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Harmful Mutations

Imagine making random changes in a complicated machine such as a car engine. The chance that random change would improve the functioning of a car is very small. Change is far more likely to result in cars that do not run well or perhaps do not run at all. By same token, any random change in a gene's DNA is likely to result in proteins that do not function normally or may not function at all. Such mutations are likely to be harmful. Harmful mutations may cause genetic disorders or cancer. A Genetic disorder is a disease caused by mutation in one or few genes. Human example is cystic fibrosis. A Mutations in a single gene causes the body to produce thick, sticky mucus that clogs lungs and blocks ducts in digestive organs. You can watch a video about cystic fibrosis and other genetic disorders at this link: http: / www. Youtube. Com / watch? V = 8s4he3wLgkM. Cancer is a disease in which cells grow out of control and form abnormal masses of cells. It is generally caused by mutations in genes that regulate cell cycle. Because of mutations, cells with damaged DNA are allowed to divide without limits. Cancer genes can be inherit. You can learn more about hereditary cancer by watching the video at the following link: http: / www. Youtube.

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Mutations Are Recessive or Dominant

Table : Point Mutation Types

TypeDescriptionExampleEffect
Silentmutated codon codes for the same amino acidCAA (glutamine) CAG (glutamine)none
Missensemutated codon codes for a different amino acidCAA (glutamine) CCA (proline)variable
Nonsensea mutated codon is a premature stop codonCAA (glutamine) UAA (stop) usuallyserious

Inherit mutations are thought to play a role in about 5 to 10 percent of all cancers. Specific mutations that cause many known hereditary cancers have been identify. Most mutations occur in genes that control growth of cells or repair of damaged DNA. Genetic testing can be done to determine whether individuals have inherited specific cancer - causing mutations. Some of the most common inherited cancers for which genetic testing is available are hereditary, breast, and ovarian cancer, caused by mutations in genes named BRCA1 and BRCA2. Besides breast and ovarian cancers, mutations in these genes may also cause pancreatic and prostate cancers. Genetic testing is generally done on small sample of body fluid or tissue, such as blood, saliva, or skin cells. Sample are analyzed by labs that specialize in genetic testing, and it usually takes at least a few weeks to get test results. Should you get genetic testing to find out whether you have inherited cancer - causing mutation? Such testing is not done routinely just to screen patients for risk of cancer. Instead, tests are generally done only when the following three criteria are meet: test can determine definitively whether a specific gene mutation is present. This is the case with BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations, for example. Test results would be useful to help guide future medical care. For example, if you find out you have mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene, you might get more frequent breast and ovarian cancer screenings than are generally recommend. You have personal or family history that suggests you are at risk of inherited cancer. Criterion number 3 is base, in turn, on such factors as: diagnosis of cancer at an unusually young age. Several different cancers occur independently in the same individual. Several close genetic relatives have the same type of cancer. Cancer occurs in both organs in set of paired organs. If you meet the criteria for genetic testing and are advised to undergo it, genetic counseling is highly recommended. Genetic counselor can help you understand what results mean and how to make use of them to reduce your risk of developing cancer. For example, positive test result that shows presence of mutation may not necessarily mean that you will develop cancer. It may depend on whether the gene is located on the autosome or sex chromosome and whether the mutation is dominant or recessive. Lifestyle factors may also play PLAY role in cancer risk even for hereditary cancers, and early detection can often be life - saving if cancer does develop. Genetic counseling can also help you assess the chances that any children you may have will inherit mutation.

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Contrasting student and scientific views

Table : Point Mutation Types

TypeDescriptionExampleEffect
Silentmutated codon codes for the same amino acidCAA (glutamine) CAG (glutamine)none
Missensemutated codon codes for a different amino acidCAA (glutamine) CCA (proline)variable
Nonsensea mutated codon is a premature stop codonCAA (glutamine) UAA (stop) usuallyserious

In addition to genetic insults caused by the environment, very process of DNA replication during cell division is prone to error. The rate AT which DNA polymerase add incorrect nucleotides during DNA replication is a major factor in determining spontaneous mutation rate in organism. While proofreading enzyme normally recognizes and corrects many of these errors, some mutations survive this process. Estimates of the frequency AT which human DNA undergoes lasting, uncorrected errors range from 1 X 10 - 4 to 1 X 10 - 6 mutations per gamete for give gene. A rate of 1 X 10 - 6 means that scientists would expect to find one mutation AT specific locus per one million gametes. Mutation rates in other organisms are often much lower. One way scientists are able to estimate mutation rates is by considering the rate of new dominant mutations found in different loci. For example, by examining the number of individuals in give population who were diagnosed with neurofibromatosis, scientists determined that the spontaneous mutation rate of gene responsible for this disease averaged 1 X 10 - 4 mutations per gamete. Other researchers have found that mutation rates of other genes, like that for Huntington's disease, are significantly lower than the rates for NF1. The fact that investigators have reported different mutation rates for different genes suggests that certain loci are more prone to damage or error than others. Defects in DNA repair underlie a number of human genetic diseases that affect a wide variety of body systems but share a constellation of common traits, most notably predisposition to cancer. These disorders include ataxia - telangiectasia, degenerative motor condition caused by failure to repair oxidative damage in the cerebellum, and xeroderma pigmentosum, condition characterized by sensitivity to sunlight and linked to defect in important ultraviolet damage repair pathway. In addition, number of genes that have been implicated in cancer, such as RAD group, have also been determined to encode proteins critical for DNA damage repair. Uv radiation causes two classes of DNA lesions: cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers and 6 - 4 photoproducts. Both of these lesions distort DNA's structure, introducing bends or kinks and thereby impeding transcription and replication. Relatively flexible areas of DNA double helix are most susceptible to damage. In fact, one hot spot for UV - induced damage is found within the commonly mutated oncogene, p53 gene. Cpds and 6 - 4 PPs are both repaired through a process know as nucleotide excision repair. In eukaryotes, this complex process relies on products of approximately 30 genes. Defects in some of these genes have been shown to cause human disease XP, as well as other conditions that share a risk of skin cancer that is elevated about a thousandfold above normal.


What Are Mutations?

Chromosomal alterations are mutations that change chromosome structure or number. They occur when a section of chromosome breaks off and rejoins incorrectly or does not rejoin at all. Possible ways these mutations can occur are illustrated in the figure below. Chromosomal alterations are very serious. They often result in the death of the organism in which they occur. If an organism survive, it may be affected in multiple ways. An example of human chromosomal alteration is the mutation that causes Down Syndrome. It is duplication mutation that lead to developmental delays and other abnormalities. It occurs when an individual inherits an extra copy of chromosome 21. It is also called trisomy 21. Point mutation is a change in single nucleotide in DNA. This type of mutation is usually less serious than chromosomal alteration. An example of point mutation is the mutation that changes codon UUU to codon UCU. Point mutations can be silent, missense, or nonsense mutations, as shown in the following table. The effects of point mutations depend on how they change the genetic code.

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Critical teaching ideas

Types of Mutations: Mutations can be classified in several different ways. In this lesson, we will focus on sorting mutations by their effects on the structure of DNA or chromosome.S For this categorization, mutations can be organized into two main groups, each with multiple specific types. Two general categories are small - scale and large - scale mutations. Similar to the childhood game of Telephone Mutation, telephone activity helps students illustrate how mutations occur in nature. Small - scale mutations are those that affect DNA at the molecular level by changing the normal sequence of nucleotide base pairs. These types of mutations may occur during the process of DNA replication during either meiosis or mitosis. Three possible types of small - scale mutations may occur: substitutions, deletions and insertions. Also referred to as point mutation, substitutions occur when nucleotides are replaced with different nucleotides in the DNA sequence. The most common substitutions involve switching of adenine and guanine or cytosine and thymine. Since the total number of nucleotides is conserve, this type of mutation only affects codon for single amino acid. Deletion is the removal of nucleotides from the DNA sequence. Deletions are referred to as Frameshift Mutations because removal of even a single nucleotide from a gene subsequently alters every codon after mutation; this is illustrated in Figure 1 for both deletions and insertions. A change in the number of nucleotides changes which ones are normally read together. Figure 1. An example is small - scale mutations. Substitutions are point mutations and change only one amino acid in the protein. Insertions and deletions are Frameshift Mutations and change every amino acid cod after mutation. Copyright Copyright 2015 Matthew Zelisko, GK - 12 Program, University of Houston insertion is addition of nucleotides to DNA sequence. Similar to deletion, insertions are also considered Frameshift Mutations and alter every codon that is read after mutation. Large - scale mutations are those that affect entire portions of chromosome.S Some large - scale mutations affect only single chromosomes, others occur across nonhomologous pairs. Some large - scale mutations in chromosomes are analogous to small - scale mutations in DNA; difference is that for large - scale mutations, entire genes or sets of genes are altered rather than only single nucleotides of DNA. Single chromosome mutations are most likely to occur by some error in the DNA replication stage of cell growth, and therefore could occur during meiosis or mitosis. Mutations involving multiple chromosomes are more likely to occur in meiosis during crossing - over that occurs during prophase I. Most of these mutations are illustrated in Figure 2. Figure 2. Large - scale mutations affect entire sections of the chromosome. Copyright Copyright 2009 YassineMrabet, Wikimedia Commons {PD} Http: / Commons. Wikimedia. Org / wiki / File: Chromosomes_mutations - en. Svg large - scale deletion is a single chromosome mutation involving loss of one or more genes from the parent chromosome. Duplication is addition of one or more genes that are already present in the chromosome. This is a single chromosome mutation.


2. Mutations

Mutations are caused by physical changes to hereditary material and, because DNA is a long sequence of base pairs organized into physically unlinked chromosomes, there are many possible ways it can change. There are point mutations that change only single letter and lead to so - called single nucleotide polymorphisms in populations, insertions and deletions of various sizes, transpositions that move sequence from one position to another, and can thereby cause mutations at boundaries, inversions of various sizes that change orientation of stretch of DNA, chromosome mutations that affect long enough pieces of DNA to become visible under microscope and might even lead to loss or duplication of whole chromosome, and changes in ploidy level, where whole copy of genome is either gain or lose. A special class of mutations are caused by transposable elements. As reviewed in this themed issue by Lee & Langley, there are various types of these elements that can move around in the genome and can copy, insert or excise themselves, sometimes in response to conditions such as stress. Mechanisms exist to control the frequency of transposition events to limit damage from resulting deleterious mutations. At each level, biochemical factors are such that some types of changes occur more frequently than others. For example, in many species there are many more transitions than transversions, methylation of CpG sites in mammals leads to about tenfold higher mutation rates at these sites and the ratio of insertions to deletions can differ among species. Mutation rates are difficult to measure because events are so rare that it is like measuring the frequency of needles in haystacks. Historically, this has been accomplished mainly by finding single genes or groups of genes that lead to phenotypic changes that can easily be observed in populations with known descent and extrapolating to level of genomes. As Kondrashov & Kondrashov point out in their contribution to this issue, recent advances in post - genomic sequencing technology have led to breakthroughs that now allow direct determination of mutation rates in species with sequenced genomes, work which Charlesworth has stimulated by his developments of theory and to which he has contribute directly. Future work in this area is important because accurate estimates of mutation rates at different sites and in different species can be important for testing alternative theories. Mutations are frequently classified as non - synonymous or synonymous according to whether or not they change amino acid sequence, which depends entirely on the function of the mutated base pair. They are easy to recognize and so are frequently used in population genetic tests. They provide useful rules of thumb: eg synonymous sites often evolve neutrally or under weak selection and non - synonymous sites are often under strong purifying selection, even if its strength is difficult to quantify.

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Writing Prompts on Beneficial Mutations

There are two types of reproduction among living organisms: asexual and sexual reproduction. With asexual reproduction, single parent species can establish new populations in new territory over a very short period of time. This is done by transferring the exact genetic copy of the parent to its offspring, also referred to as cloning. Since there is no change in genetic code, all offspring will share the same characteristics and would even contain any diseases that are found in parent.S On the other hand, sexual reproduction requires two parents to create offspring. All offspring in this manner will have different genetic configuration from each other and from that of their parents. Species can then adapt to changes in their respective environments due to this genetic variation, which gives them survival advantage. From this given scenario, which type of reproduction will most likely develop offspring that have beneficial mutations? Prove your answer by giving a concrete example.

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Measuring mutation frequencies and mutational target sizes. The seemingly simple approach to measuring mutation frequency is to PCR amplify nucleic acid of virus which has been propagated from genetically homogeneous inoculum for a short time, obtain molecular clones, and sequence them. The set of all mutations that can be sampled using this method is T S = 3 L for nucleotide substitutions and T I = L for indels, where L is sequence length. Selection bias needs to be accounted for or corrected as described below. One problem with this method is that some apparent mutations will actually be errors introduced by PCR / Sequencing procedure and this will lead to overestimation of F. Error rate of method therefore should be calibrate. Alternatively, it is possible to isolate viral clones by picking single plaques, amplifying nucleic acid by PCR, and sequence directly. The way we should then account for selection depends on whether the latter method or molecular clone sequencing method is used. Instead of relying solely on sequencing, one can first screen for mutations conferring to a specific phenotype. This is often done using selective agents such as antiviral, monoclonal antibody, or nonpermissive host cell.S Nevertheless, mutants still need to be sequence to determine T. Notice that lethal mutations cannot be scored and do not contribute to T. Potential problem with this approach is that if some mutations are particularly unlikely, T can be underestimate, leading to overestimation of mutation rate. Sometimes experiments use neutral reporter genes, typically transgene,s such as, for instance, lacZ - complementation sequence. Null mutations in reporters lead to observable phenotype. Most indels should produce null phenotype and hence T I L, but only a fraction of nucleotide substitutions will. One way to solve this problem is to focus on nonsense substitutions which produce premature stop codons and, thus, should lead to null phenotype on most occasions. In this particular case, T S can be estimated as the total number of possible substitutions leading to premature stop codon in reporter gene, ie, nonsense mutation target size. Calculation of mutation rate per cell infection. Although details of calculations can differ slightly depending on particular study, in general, F has to be divided by T and by number of cell infection cycles, C. For exponentially growing viruses, {matheq}{endmatheq} mathtex {matheq}{endmatheq} {matheq}c{=}\frac{\mathrm{log}(N_{1}/N_{0})}{\mathrm{log}B}{endmatheq} {matheq}{endmatheq} mathtex {matheq}{endmatheq} where N 0 and N 1 are initial and final virus titers, respectively, and B Is burst size, which can be determine by routine techniques. If all mutations were neutral, they would freely accumulate during C cycles. However, many mutations will be lost due to selection, and thus correction factor which account for selection bias is needed. The Mutation rate of substitutions per nucleotide per cell infection can be calculated as {matheq}{endmatheq} mathtex {matheq}{endmatheq} {matheq}{\mu}_{s/n/c}{=}\frac{3f_{s}}{T_{s}c{\alpha}}{endmatheq} {matheq}{endmatheq} mathtex {matheq}{endmatheq} where subscript S refers to substitutions.


1. Introduction

Mutations are one of the fundamental forces of evolution because they fuel variability in populations and thus enable evolutionary change. Base on their effects on fitness, mutations can be divided into three broad categories: good or advantageous that increase fitness, bad or deleterious that decrease it and indifferent or neutral that are not affected by selection because their effects are too small. While this simplistic view serves well as the first rule of thumb for understanding the fate of mutations, research in recent decades has uncovered a complex web of interactions. For example, effects of mutations often depend on the presence or absence of other mutations, Their effects can also depend on the environment, fate of mutations may depend on the size and structure of the population, which can severely limit the ability of selection to discriminate among three types, and mutations fate can also depend on fate of others that have more pronounced effects and are in close proximity on same chromosome. Major theoretical goal in the study of population genetics of mutations is to understand how mutations change populations in the long term. To this end, we have to consider many features of evolution and extant populations at both phenotypic and molecular level, and ask how these can be explained in terms of rates and kinds of mutations and how they are affected by forces that influence their fates. We have increasing amounts of information at our disposal to help us answer these questions. Continuous improvement of DNA sequencing technology is providing more detailed genotypes on more species and observations of more phenomena at genomic level. We are also gaining more understanding of processes that lead from changes in level of genotypes through various intermediate molecular changes in individuals to new visible phenotypes. Use of this new knowledge presents both opportunities and challenges to our understanding, and new methods have been developed to address them. Brian Charlesworth has been at the forefront of many developments in population genetics of mutations, both in collection and analysis of new data and in providing new models to explain observations he and others have make. This themed issue of Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B is dedicated to him to mark his 65 birthday. Authors of accompanying papers have individually made important contributions to the field and have been directly associated with or indirectly influenced by their work. In this collection of papers, various aspects are considered in detail, and in this introduction, we aim to provide an overview as the basis for in - depth treatments that follow. We outline some of theories that serve as quantitative basis for more applied questions and have been developed with main aims of: measuring rates at which different types of mutations occur in nature, predicting quantitatively their subsequent fate in populations, and assessing how they affect some properties of populations and therefore could be use for inference.


2. Mutations

Important questions to be addrest include predicting fate of individual mutations such as their fixation probability P fix and times to loss T loss or fixation T fix in population, how flux of mutations will impact properties of the population such as nucleotide diversity, divergence, survival or rate of evolution of quantitative traits, how fates of different mutations will affect each other, how quantitative genetic variation is maintain, and estimation of evolutionary parameters of populations and species from DNA sequence patterns theories to investigate some of these questions can be categorize by complexity of models assume and by their general approach: those restrict to single sites, in which all mutations are treat as completely independent of each other; those invoking linkage, in which changes in frequency of mutations are no longer independent, even if their effects are independent; and those invoking epistasis in which effects of mutations depend on which others are present. In each case, overall effects of mutations can be studied in two ways. Analysis may focus on individuals and their mutations explicitly, track their fate and later summarize behaviour of many mutations in the population to compute quantities like DNA sequence diversity. Alternatively, it may focus directly on quantitative traits in which mutations are not individually identified but considered more implicitly as components of total effect on either individual or population mean phenotype.

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Major Types of Mutations

Table : Point Mutation Types

TypeDescriptionExampleEffect
Silentmutated codon codes for the same amino acidCAA (glutamine) CAG (glutamine)none
Missensemutated codon codes for a different amino acidCAA (glutamine) CCA (proline)variable
Nonsensea mutated codon is a premature stop codonCAA (glutamine) UAA (stop) usuallyserious

Dna sequence of genes can be altered in a number of ways. Gene mutations have varying effects on health, depending on where they occur and whether they alter the function of essential proteins. Types of mutations include: missense mutation: This type of mutation is a change in one DNA base pair that results in substitution of one amino acid for another in protein made by gene. Nonsense mutation: nonsense mutation is also change in one DNA base pair. Instead of substituting one amino acid for another, however, altered DNA sequence prematurely signals cell to stop building protein. This type of mutation results in shortened protein that may function improperly or not at all. Silent mutation: Some mutations that change DNA bases do not have any effect on the sequence of amino acids in protein. These mutations are called silent mutations and they do not affect the structure or function of protein because there is no effect on amino acid sequence. Insertion or Deletion: insertion changes the number of DNA bases in a gene by adding a piece of DNA. Deletion removes piece of DNA. Insertions or deletions may be small or large. In any of these cases, protein made by genes may not function properly. Frameshift mutation: this type of mutation occurs when addition or loss of DNA bases changes gene reading frame. The reading frame consists of groups of 3 bases that each code for one amino acid. Frameshift mutation shifts grouping of these bases and changes the code for amino acids. The resulting protein is usually nonfunctional. Insertions, deletions, and duplications can all be frameshift mutations. Repeat expansion: Nucleotide repeats are short DNA sequences that are repeated a number of times in a row. For example, trinucleotide repeat is made up of 3 - base - pair sequences, and tetranucleotide repeat is made up of 4 - base - pair sequences. Repeat expansion is a mutation that increases the number of times that short DNA sequence is repeat. This type of mutation can cause the resulting protein to function.


Effects of Mutations

Imagine making random changes in a complicated machine such as a car engine. The chance that random change would improve the functioning of a car is very small. Change is far more likely to result in cars that do not run well or perhaps do not run at all. By same token, any random change in a gene's DNA is likely to result in production of proteins that do not function normally or may not function at all. Such mutations are likely to be harmful. Harmful mutations may cause genetic disorders or cancer. A Genetic disorder is a disease, syndrome, or other abnormal condition caused by mutation in one or more genes or by chromosomal alteration. An example of a genetic disorder is cystic fibrosis. A Mutations in a single gene causes the body to produce thick, sticky mucus that clogs lungs and blocks ducts in digestive organs. Cancer is a disease in which cells grow out of control and form abnormal masses of cells called tumors. It is generally caused by mutations in genes that regulate cell cycle. Because of mutations, cells with damaged DNA are allowed to divide without restrictions.

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The Causes of Genetic Mutations

A mutation is a change in sequence of an organism's DNA. What causes mutation? Mutations can be caused by high - energy sources such as radiation or by chemicals in the environment. They can also appear spontaneously during replication of DNA. Mutations generally fall into two types: point mutations and chromosomal aberrations. In point mutations, one base pair is change. The Human genome, for example, contains over 3. 1 billion bases of DNA, and each base must be faithfully replicated for cell division to occur. Mistakes, although surprisingly rare, do happen. About one in every 10 10 base pair is change. The most common type of mistake is point substitution. More uncommon is failure to copy one of the bases, making of two copies for single base or the addition of new base or even several bases. Chromosomal aberrations are larger - scale mutations that can occur during meiosis in unequal crossing over events, slippage during DNA recombination or due to activities of transposable events. Genes and even whole chromosomes can be substitute, duplicate, or deleted due to these errors. Mutations can have a range of effects. They can often be harmful. Others have little or no detrimental effect. And sometimes, although very rarely, change in DNA sequence may even turn out to be beneficial to organism. Mutations that occur in body cells that are not passed along to subsequent generations are somatic mutation.S Mutations that occur in gametes or in cells that give rise to gametes are special because they impact the next generation and may not affect adults at all. Such changes are called germ - line mutations because they occur in cell use in reproduction, giving changes chance to become more numerous over time. If mutation has a deleterious affect on the phenotype of offspring, mutation is referred to as a genetic disorder. Alternately, if mutation has a positive affect on the fitness of offspring, it is called adaptation. Thus, all mutations that affect the fitness of future generations are agents of evolution. Mutations are essential to evolution. Every genetic feature in every organism was, initially, result of mutation. New genetic variants spread via reproduction, and differential reproduction is a defining aspect of evolution. It is easy to understand how mutations that allow organisms to feed, grow or reproduce more effectively could cause mutant alleles to become more abundant over time. Soon, population may be quite ecologically and / or physiologically different from the original populations that lack adaptation. Even deleterious mutations can cause evolutionary change, especially in small populations, by removing individuals that might be carrying adaptive alleles to other genes. Although the history of many species has been affected by gradual accumulation of tiny point mutations, sometimes evolution works much more quickly. Several types of organisms have ancestors that fail to undergo meiosis correctly prior to sexual reproduction, resulting in total duplication of every chromosome pair.

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