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noun, plural: mutants

(1) An organism, gene, or chromosome that is different from the wild type by one or more (new) characteristics as caused by mutation(s).

(2) An organism or gene that is undergoing or resulting from mutation.

(3) An organism with a new or different characteristic from the due to a mutation in its gene or chromosome.


(1) Resulting from or tending to undergo or result from mutation.


Word origin: Latin mūtāns, mūtant-, present participle of mūtāre, to change.

Compare: wild type

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Re: Evolution of the Face and Head

If 2 advantageous mutations (A and B) arise in a population, I understand that an individual with A could mate with a B mutant. Some of their offspring could have both mutations. In an example where these 2 mutations lie on the same chromosome at different loci, I understand that through ...

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by Draco02
Wed Mar 25, 2015 12:03 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Evolution of the Face and Head
Replies: 5
Views: 5246

translation from DNA

Maybe translation enzymes introduce more errors. Maybe it never evolved because having a mutant ribosome attacking your DNA inevitably kills you.

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by wildfunguy
Wed Dec 03, 2014 12:01 am
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: translation from DNA
Replies: 4
Views: 5286

Re: antibiotic overuse ???

... suggested and what has been put into practice already) to leave an infection and hope the body can handle it, allowing the proliferation of the mutant, resistant bacteria to take hold. Sorry if I wasted the 123 peoples time for reading the flawed logic. :oops:

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by androspandros
Mon Sep 29, 2014 3:31 pm
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: antibiotic overuse ???
Replies: 3
Views: 4165

antibiotic overuse ???

... Excellent! success for the antibiotics. BUT and this is my guess! d) there will always be amongst any strain of bacteria eventuallly a resistant mutant form and the most important point ? e) if there is only a small number of the strain, the body is capable of its defeat still whereas the antibiotic ...

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by androspandros
Thu Sep 18, 2014 8:43 am
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: antibiotic overuse ???
Replies: 3
Views: 4165

cAMP 2nd Messenger Pathway and Experiments

The following experiments were performed hypothetically. My responses or thoughts are indicated after each question A through E by the ---. A mutant cell line is obtained. The cell line is thought to not have adenylyl cyclase within it, and is called cyc-. You need to test that it doesn't have ...

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by mkay28
Tue Sep 24, 2013 10:43 pm
Forum: Cell Biology
Topic: cAMP 2nd Messenger Pathway and Experiments
Replies: 2
Views: 3524
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