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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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Because the frequency of each lethal gene varies from one population to another and the degree of lethality is different for each of them therefore it is not possible to present a cost which is consistent among all circumstances and populations.
Their offspring inherit the lethal gene and then die before they can reproduce because they are not treated with tetracycline.
I FULLY sympathise with any family that wants to rid itself of a lethal gene.