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44- Point Mutations and Almonds
4 minutes Posted Aug 8, 2021 at 4:00 am.
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Point mutations can have a huge impact on the genome depending on where in the genetic code they occur. To illustrate this, we're going to be looking at a case study in the form of almonds- formerly poisonous nuts which had their metaphorical fangs taken out by a single base change...

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