Can chemicals cause mutations

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Yes. Chemicals, radiation, and other environmental factors are known mutagens.

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What type of chemicals cause mutations?

Mutagens D2

Carcinogens are chemicals that cause?

Cancer or gene mutations.

Can chemicals found in cigarette smoke cause mutations to DNA?

no these chemicls cannot cause mutation

What are some things that can cause those mutations that cause cancer?

Many herbicides and pesticides hit the nuclear material and cause mutations when used to protect crop plants. Apart from causing mutations these very chemicals are carcinogenic in nature and cause cancer.

How does chemestry affect cancer?

Chemicals that do not cause cancer by themselves but can act with another chemical to cause cancer (cocarcinogens). Damage to DNA in cells can lead to cancer. ... Unrepaired DNA damage can lead to mutations, or changes, in genes, and mutations in certain genes can cause cancer. You can also inherit mutations.

Can science mutate humans?

Mutations arise as a result of exposure to radiation, chemicals, and viruses. Many different things might act as a mutagen. Science itself probably does not cause mutations.

Can mutagenic agents cause cancer?

Yes. Mutagenic agents cause mutations in DNA. If those mutations occur in cell growth genes, this can lead to a cancerous cell that can grow and spread out of control. I work in a lab and many of the chemicals I work with are described as Carcinogens, chemicals that are known to directly cause cancer. many mutagenic agents are also carcinogens.

What can cause changes in DNA sequences?


What are some examples of chemicals that can cause mutation?

There are too many individual chemicals, and even too many classes of chemicals to list that cause mutations. Generally, the chemicals that cause mutations are the ones that permanently damage the DNA in a cell, either by oxidation, or by creating base replacement or double-stranded breaks.

Scientists use radiation and chemicals to induce what?

It's mutations.

How do mutations relate to traits?

Mutations cause certain traits.

Describe the enviormental factors that could result in mutations?

Chemical mutagens are chemicals that cause mutations in DNA. They can bind with DNA, take the place of base pairs (base analogs), or alter the structure and bonding properties of bases (such as nitrous acid).Ionizing radiation can cause mutations in DNA also. This includes gamma rays found in sunlight. The radiation causes some compounds to become free radicals, which have unpaired electrons and are very reactive chemically. In cells these radicals can react with sections of DNA and cause mutations.*Ionizing radiation is why bacteria are killed by sunlight.