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Understanding Cancer Series

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

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Acquired Mutations

Acquired mutations are changes in DNA that develop throughout a person's lifetime.

Although mistakes occur in DNA all the time, especially during cell division, a cell has the remarkable ability to fix them. But if DNA repair mechanisms fail, mutations can be passed along to future copies of the altered cell.

Acquired Mutations