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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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According to Sasisekharan, this knowledge could help scientists produce vaccines that do not include versions of the flu that can mutate and so lead to "fitter" viruses.
Both type A and B can cause epidemics, but influenza type A has greater potential to develop new and deadly subtypes and is responsible for the current "bird flu" that threatens to mutate to a form capable of a human pandemic.
A 40-year-old woman in Vietnam is suffering from the most deadly form of the virus which doctors fear could mutate into a more contagious version.
Once GFAP mutates, an abnormal protein is created, which, in turn, allows for a significant build-up of fibers around the myelin sheath, the insulation that protects the nerve fibers in the brain.
"It mutates a lot, but it can't mutate to where it stops functioning...
Scientists fear millions will die if it mutates into a form which passes between humans.
And he believes people will besiege GP surgeries looking for vaccines if the HN51 strain of bird flu mutates into a virus which can spread between humans.
Scientists do not think it will return to infect humans unless there is an unlucky escape from a lab or the virus mutates into an entirely new form.