Missense Mutation: Definition & Example


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What is the definition of a mutation?

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1. What is a missense mutation?

2. If a normal RNA codon is AAA, but then a mutation changes it to AAG. Is this a missense mutation?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Missense mutations are important to be familiar with when studying genetics and biology, and this quiz/worksheet will help you test your understanding of its definition and its related concepts. Some questions will give you a certain genetic code and you will need to identify characteristics of the code.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the definition and components of:

  • Missense mutations
  • Mutations
  • Amino acids
  • Codons

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define missense mutation
  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding sequences of genetic code and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding amino acids and mutations

Additional Learning

You should also explore the lesson called Missense Mutation: Definition & Example. Reading this lesson will help you learn more about the subtleties of this topic. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define mutation
  • Understand what constitutes a missense mutation
  • Differentiate between transcription and translation
  • Know the central dogma of molecular biology
  • Define the genetic code