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Somatic Mutation

  • By: Bimal P. Chaudhari
  • In: Encyclopedia of Global Health
  • Edited by: Yawei Zhang
  • Subject:Public Health (general), Public Health Education & Health Promotion

Also known as acquired mutation, somatic mutation is an alteration of genetic matter which occurs after the time of conception and affects somatic cells (as opposed to germline mutation which affects germ cells). A principal consequence of affecting only somatic cells ...

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