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Missense Mutation

A missense mutation is a genetic change involving the substitution of one base in the DNA for another which results in the substitution of one amino acid in a polypeptide for another. A missense mutation is a “readable” genetic message although its “sense” (its meaning) is changed. This is in contrast to a nonsense mutation which has no meaning except to halt the reading of the genetic message.

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