QUESTIONS

1. In the human thyroid gland the amino acid tyrosine is converted by a series of reactions into the hormone thyroxine. Insufficient thyroxine production may lead to mental and physical retardation.

In about 1 in 5000 children, one of the enzymes involved in thyroxine production does not function effectively. The ineffective enzyme is a result of a gene mutation
(a) (i)  Give one way in which a gene mutation like this may have arisen.
 

 

 

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(ii) Give one factor which might increase the frequency at which gene mutation occurs.
 

 

 

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(b)  Explain how a gene mutation may result in the production of an ineffective enzyme
 

 

 

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2. Mutations to DNA can affect the proteins produced by cells
(a) Explain why a base deletion mutation, may have a greater effect than a base substitution mutation
 

 

 

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(b) Name two agents, which can cause mutations.
 

 

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