ISPE Glossary of Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Terminology

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Mutation

A sudden, heritable change appearing in an individual as the result of a change in the structure of a gene (= gene mutation); changes in the structure of chromosomes (= chromosome mutation); or in the number of chromosomes (= genome mutation). cf genetic diversity; genetic drift.

Publication Source: Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Publication Date: 1999

See also: Polymorphism

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