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Mar 26, 2017

mutations in sex cells or gametes will be passed on to the offspring but mutations in other cells will not be passed on.


A mutation in a skin cell may cause cancer if the mutated cell is not destroyed by the immune system. The mutation may kill the organism that contains the mutation, but this mutation will not be passed on to the offspring.

A mutation in the sex cells will be passed on to the offspring. If the mutation is only on one strain of the DNA, the mutation will have no serious effects as the only strand will have the correct information.

The reason that inbreeding is dangerous is the possibility that the mutated gene will be on both strands of the DNA. This would mean that there would be no correct information available for the organism.

Mutations on cells do not get passed on to the offspring unless the mutation is part of the gametes.