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Splice site mutation

A splice site mutation is a genetic mutation that inserts or deletes a number of nucleotides in the specific site at which splicing of an intron takes place during the processing of precursor messenger RNA into mature messenger RNA. The abolishment of the splicing site results in one or more introns remaining in mature mRNA and may lead to the production of aberrant proteins. Several genetic diseases may be the result of splice site mutations. For example, mutations that cause the incorrect splicing of β-globin mRNA are responsible of some cases of β thalassemia.

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