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Definition of Mutation

Mutation

  1. Change; alteration, either in form or qualities.
  2. Gradual definitely tending variation, such as may be observed in a group of organisms in the fossils of successive geological levels.
  3. As now employed (first by de Vries), a sudden variation (the offspring differing from its parents in some well-marked character or characters) as distinguished from a gradual variations in which the new characters become fully developed only in the course of many generations. The occurrence of mutations, and the hereditary transmission, under some conditions, of the characters so appearing, are well-established facts; whether the process has played an important part in the evolution of the existing species and other groups of organisms is a disputed question.
  4. The result of the above process; a suddenly produced variation.

Mutation Quotations

We really ought to give ourselves a collective pat on the back for doing as well as we have in a universe of constant media change and mutation.
Douglas Coupland

The unique nature about the influenza virus is its great potential for changes, for mutation.
Margaret Chan

Although I insist that God has always had the power to intervene directly in nature to create new forms, I am willing to be per-suaded that He chose not to do so and instead employed secondary natural causes like random mutation and natural selection.
Phillip E. Johnson

For the first time in history we can track the evolution of a pandemic in real time. Influenza viruses are notorious for their rapid mutation and unpredictable behaviour.
Margaret Chan

A comparison between the triplets tentatively deduced by these methods with the changes in amino acid sequence produced by mutation shows a fair measure of agreement.
Francis Crick
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Mutation Translations

mutation in Dutch is mutatie

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