What would be considered a chemical mutagen?

1 Answer
Dec 14, 2016

A chemical mutagen isn't energy waves, chemical mutagens are actual chemicals.


Examples of chemical mutagens would be nicotine and other compounds in cigarette smoke that cause mutations involved in lung cancer. Or organic compounds containing 5 or 6 carbon planar ring structures that intercalate (i.e., get stuck between) the bases in DNA and cause errors in DNA replication and error checking mechanisms.