A 25-year-old member asked:
A carcinogenic mutation is not inheritable. what could be the reason for this?
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Endocrinology 33 years experience
Location: Only mutations affecting the "germ line" - eggs in women, sperm-producing cells in men - can be passed on. Mutations caused by radiation or other carcinogens that occur in the thyroid, (or any tissue outside the ovary/testis), can not be inherited, regardless of whether the mutation occurs early in fetal/embryologic development or as an older adult.
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Last updated Feb 24, 2018
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