The Pandemic Virus Is Slowly Mutating But Is It Getting More Dangerous?

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Cells have a number of repair mechanisms to fix mutations in DNA. If a cell’s DNA is completely broken and cannot be repaired, the cell is prone to be prevented from dividing.

This mutation causes the hemoglobin in pink blood cells to distort to a sickle shape when deoxygenated. The sickle-formed blood cells clog in the capillaries, cutting off circulation. These are the sickle-shaped blood cells of someone with sickle cell anemia, a genetic disease common among those of African descent.

If one or two bases are deleted the translational frame is altered resulting in a garbled message and nonfunctional product. A deletion of three or extra bases go away the studying frame intact.

A basic genetic difference between organisms is whether their cells carry a single set of chromosomes or two copies of each chromosome. The former are referred to as haploid; the latter, as diploid.

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