We are all mutants
- Each one of us receives approximately 60 new mutations in our genome from our parents.This striking value is reported in the first-ever direct measure of new mutations coming from mother and father in whole human genomes published today.For the first time, researchers have been able to answer the questions: how many new mutations does a child have and did most of them come from mum or dad? The researchers measured directly the numbers of mutations in two families, using whole genome sequences from the 1000 Genomes Project. The results also reveal that human genomes, like all genomes, are changed by the forces of mutation: our DNA is altered by differences in its code from that of our parents. Mutations that occur in sperm or egg cells will be 'new' mutations not seen in our parents.