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Single-base Mutation

  1. Dan Graur

Published Online: 30 APR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005093.pub2



How to Cite

Graur, D. 2008. Single-base Mutation. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. University of Houston, Houston, Texas, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 APR 2008


Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) sequences are normally copied exactly during the process of chromosome replication; however, new sequences are formed if errors in either DNA replication or DNA repair occur. These errors are called mutations.


  • transition;
  • transversion;
  • missense;
  • nonsense;
  • synonymous;
  • nonsynonymous