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

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Hereditary Mutations

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Gene mutations can be either inherited from a parent or acquired.

Hereditary mutations are carried in the DNA of the reproductive cells. When reproductive cells containing mutations combine to produce offspring, the mutation will be in all of the offspring's body cells. The fact that every cell contains the gene change makes it possible to use cheek cells or a blood sample for gene testing.

Hereditary Mutations