Polymorphism and Mutation

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Polymorphism and Mutation

Post by Helics » Tue Mar 04, 2014 4:33 pm

What is the difference between Gene Polymorphism and Gene Mutation :?: :?: :?:
please give a clear concept. :|

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Post by Babybel56 » Wed Mar 05, 2014 3:39 am

Just about numbers. A mutation is a change to a single individual that may or may not be propagated. For example a single point mutation where a base is replaced or deleted from a strand of DNA. This may cause the individual some discomfort or problems but is normally isolated to the individual.

A polymorphism is a distinct population of genes that have changed enough to create variation within a group. It is these changes that can lead to evolutionary changes since if this polymorphic change is beneficial it will continue to spread within the group as new offspring are produced.

I suppose a mutation may become a polymorphism if its success allows it to spread within a population!

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Post by JackBean » Wed Mar 05, 2014 1:44 pm

I'd say there's no difference just in usage.

Cis or trans? That's what matters.

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