HIV/AIDS Glossary

Mutagenic

Causing a mutation, which is a permanent change in the genetic material of a cell or microorganism. A mutation may alter a trait or characteristic of a person or may cause disease. Mutations can be inherited or can occur spontaneously. Before being approved, drugs—including antiretroviral (ARV) drugs—are tested to assess their potential for mutagenic effects.

Related Term(s): Mutation

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