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Understanding Cancer Series

  • Posted: 01/28/2005
  • Reviewed: 09/01/2006

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Altered DNA->Altered Protein

When a gene contains a mutation, the protein encoded by that gene is likely to be abnormal.

Sometimes the protein will be able to function, but imperfectly. In other cases, it will be totally disabled. The outcome depends not only on how it alters a protein's function but also on how vital that particular protein is to survival.

Altered DNA->Altered Protein