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Chapter 7. Mutations and Randomization

Chapter 7. Mutations and Randomization

As every biologist knows, mutation is a fundamental topic in biology. Mutations in DNA occur all the time in cells. Most of them don't affect the actions of proteins and are benign. Some of them do affect the proteins and may result in diseases such as cancer. Mutations can also lead to nonviable offspring that die during development; occasionally mutations can lead to evolutionary change. Many cells have very complex mechanisms to repair mutations.

Mutations in DNA can arise from radiation, chemical agents, replication errors, and other causes. We're going to model mutations as random events, using Perl's random number generator.


  

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