mutagenesis

noun
mu·ta·gen·e·sis | \ˌmyü-tə-ˈje-nə-səs \

Definition of mutagenesis 

: the occurrence or induction of mutation

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To generate the recent enzyme, the researchers took one of the proteins that already rescued the mutant E. coli and subjected it to random mutagenesis. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "A randomly generated, totally novel enzyme rescues mutant bacteria," 20 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of mutagenesis

1948, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mutagenesis

New Latin

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mutagenesis

noun
mu·ta·gen·e·sis | \ˌmyüt-ə-ˈjen-ə-səs \
plural mutageneses\-ˌsēz \

Medical Definition of mutagenesis 

: the occurrence or induction of mutation

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