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Related to somatic mutation: Somatic hypermutation
1. a permanent transmissible change in the genetic material.
2. an individual exhibiting such a change.
point mutation a mutation resulting from a change in a single base pair in the DNA molecule.
somatic mutation a genetic mutation occurring in a somatic cell, providing the basis for mosaicism.
suppressor mutation the correction of the effect of a mutation at one locus by a mutation at another locus.
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a mutation occurring in the general body cells (as opposed to the germ cells) and hence not transmitted to progeny.
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Acquired MutationGenetics A post-meiotic alteration in a DNA sequence, which can be passed to the mutated cell’s progeny and linked to the development of cancer.
Molecular biology A non-heritable genetic change in a somatic cell; a somatic mutation.
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so·mat·ic mu·ta·tion(sō-mat'ik myū-tā'shŭn)
A change that occurs in the general body cells (as opposed to the germ cells) and hence not transmitted to progeny.
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somatic mutationA mutation affecting SOMATIC cells that can affect only those cells and their offspring, so cannot be passed on to future generations. Such a mutation dies with the death of the individual.
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somatic mutationsee MUTATION.
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