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What is a Mutation? Why do Mutations Occur?
Posted: Sep 23, 2021
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Cancer develops when something goes wrong in your cells - these are called mutations. In this HealthTree University series on genetics and cancer biology we take a look at the different types of mutations that happen to trigger cancer growth. You can watch the entire course at

17.05    What is a mutation? Why do mutations occur?


17.06    What are somatic mutations? What are germline mutations?


17.07    What are driver mutations vs passenger mutations?


17.08    What are the different types of chromosomal mutations? (e.g. Translocations, Deletions, Insertions, Amplifications)


We’d like to thank our faculty who donated their time in creating these videos, including:

  • Brian Van Ness, PhD
  • Gareth Morgan, MD, PhD
  • Cesar Rodriguez Valdes, MD

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The author Cynthia Chmielewski

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Cynthia Chmielewski

Cynthia Chmielewski is a professional educator and myeloma advocate. As a former teacher, she now teaches myeloma patients how to advocate for themselves as the Director of HealthTree University.

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