n. change; alteration, either in form or qualities.
n. act of being altered or changed; a change of the DNA sequence within a gene
Interestingly, the mutation is also associated with certain other negative physiological consequences.
A preventive mastectomy brings the risk of breast cancer down to between 2% and 5%, well below the risk for an average woman with breasts but without the mutation.
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So Owen rechristened the monster Zeuglodon; and in his paper read before the London Geological Society, pronounced it, in substance, one of the most extraordinary creatures which the mutations of the globe have blotted out of existence.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville Context