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Definition the process of changing the inheritable genetic structure of an organism
  • The bacteria mutated and is now resistant to the antibiotic.
  • Science has taught us that normal genes in cells can be damaged or mutated to become deadly "oncogenes" that result in cancer.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • The figures of Dick and herself, mutating, undefined, appeared as spooks caught up into a fantastic dance.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • His adolescent physique and childlike face had drastically mutated when he flooded his young body with experimental growth hormones and steroids.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • She laughed softly, but the laughter mutated into a cough that she couldn't easily suppress.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • The warmth in Rémy's throat, however, mutated quickly to an uncomfortable heat.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • He could tell Ron, though; Ron had caused a dinner plate to mutate into a large mushroom and had no idea how it had happened.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • It was when it showed up, and even now this virus that can mutate in infinite ways to thwart nearly any treatment eludes our efforts to corral it.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • E. coli 0157:H7 is a mutated version of a bacterium found abundantly in the human digestive system.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • Everyone gets all mutated?
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • This whole idea of mutated bacteria seemed farfetched and unlikely to the Wildfire people.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • I'm not some ugly, mutated beast.
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • He descends into dreams in which Frederick's mother mutates into a leering, small-mouthed demon and lowers Dr. Hauptmann's triangles over his head.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • "The radiation might have mutated the genetic material hundreds of years ago, but there wouldn't be any trace of it now."
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • He fired a cannonball spider at the doors of the factory; in midair it mutated from ball to massive black spider and tore through the doors.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • Surely he understood that her signature might not have survived, or that it might not work on the mutated vaccine.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • Many of them had mutated.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • Do you think there's really some giant mutated grizzly out there?
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • Violence against women is also constantly mutating into new forms.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • You are fighting that which is unfixed, mutating, indestructible.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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