🐡 Genetic diversity can arise as a result of mutation or during meiosis

The Cause of Mutations

 

Mutations are a random occurrence during DNA replication and the rate of mutation is influenced by external factors such as UV radiation. There are different types of mutation:

 

1. Deletion where a nucleotide base is deleted. AGTCA becomes AGCA.
2. Substitution where a nucleotide base is replaced by another. AGTCA becomes AGTCG.
3. Insertion where a nucleotide base is added as extra. AGTCA becomes ATGTCA.

 

 

The Effect of Mutations

 

Since the genetic code is degenerate, it’s possible that a mutation won’t have any effect whatsoever! This represents silent mutations. If 2 different triplet codes translate into the same amino acid, the polypeptide chain will remain unchanged. This of course only applies to substitutions.

 

Another scenario where a mutation may cause no effect is if it arises in an intron. Since these are removed before mRNA is translated, no mutations would be…