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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: 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: 282

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: 282

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
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Fail to see under physiological stimulation

It's a single amino acid mutant Src that makes it always on. PDGF is one of growth factor that is known to activate endogenous Src. I had tried looking at both GFP-tagged exogenous or endogenous but all fail to see the phosphorylation ...

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by kingsupercat
Mon Aug 26, 2013 2:37 am
Forum: Cell Biology
Topic: Fail to see under physiological stimulation
Replies: 6
Views: 1672


... expression of the recessive gene"? I would find it hard to believe that, of all the potential inhibitors , a protein should be inhibited by a mutant version of itself. On the other hand, you might be talking about a situation in which the protein has the function of inhibiting some other gene's ...

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by wildfunguy
Thu Aug 22, 2013 6:33 pm
Forum: Cell Biology
Topic: Do chromosomses ever get competitive?
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