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MUTATION, French law. This term is synonymous with change, and is particularly applied to designate the change which takes place in the property of a thing in its transmission from one person to another; permutation therefore happens when, the owner of the thing sells, exchanges or gives it. It is nearly synonymous with transfer. (q.v.) Merl. Repert. h.t.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Assuming back mutations are rare, a parent experiencing no recombination (or segregation) can never produce an offspring with fewer deleterious mutations than it carries itself.
Strong selection against mutant homozygotes keeps the a alleles rare, such that back mutation from mutant allele a to wild-type allele A can be neglected (cf.
The new vaccine, developed in partnership with French start-up Epixis, worked against five different variants of HCV, offering hope that it would also beat back mutations as they occurred.