NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded a research team €2.5 million ($2.8 million) to study the evolution of silent mutations and their potential use in diagnostics and gene therapy.

So-called silent, or synonymous, mutations change the sequence of a gene but not the protein it encodes. Although previously thought to have no biological effect, new data suggest that silent mutations may be associated with disease states.

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