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Feb 27, 2016

Mutations are passed on from a parent to its offspring during meiosis.


Recall that mutations can only be passed down from a parent to its offspring during meiosis, the process by which gametes, the male or female germ cells, are formed. Gametic cells contain all the necessary DNA required to fuse with another gamete in order to make a zygote. In order for the mutation to be inherited by the offspring as well, meiosis must occur.

Mitosis is the process by which somatic cells, or all cells except the gametic cells, are replicated. They include cells such as cells of the liver, skin, or stomach.