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mutonMuton (ger.)

  • The smallest element of genetic material that when altered can give rise to a mutation (usually identified as a single base pair). (OED 2011)
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    The unit of mutation, the ›muton‹, will be defined as the smallest element that, when altered, can give rise to a mutant form of the organism.
    Benzer, S. (1957). The elementary units of heredity. In: McElroy, W.D. & Glass, B. (ed.). A Symposium on the Chemical Basis of Heredity, 70-93: 71.

    muton The mutational site within a gene; the smallest part of DNA that will produce a mutation when transformed.

    Lincoln, R.J., Boxshall, G.A. & Clark, P.F. (1982). A Dictionary of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics: 161.