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

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Variations Causing Harmless Changes

Some of the variations that occur in the coding and regulatory regions of genes have "harmless" effects. They can, for example, change the way a person "looks." Some people have blue eyes, others brown; some are tall, others short; and some faces are oval, others round.

Other variations in coding regions are harmless because they occur in regions of a gene that do not affect the function of the protein made.

Variations Causing Harmless Changes