reading-frameshift mutation

(redirected from addition-deletion mutation)

read·ing-·frame·shift mu·ta·tion

a mutation that results from insertion or deletion of a single nucleotide into, or from, the normal DNA sequence; because the genetic code is read three nucleotides at a time, all nucleotide triplets distal to the mutation will be one step out of phase and misread, and hence translated as different amino acids.
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