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Accumulated Mutations Create A Cellular Mosaic In Our Bodies

It turns out you aren't simply a clone of cells from the womb. Over a lifetime, mutations create a patchwork of tissues made with pieces that have subtly different genetic signatures.
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Your body has about 40 trillion cells, and they all arose from a single fertilized egg. But it turns out the DNA in many of those cells is no longer a perfect clone of that original one.

A study published Thursday in the journal Science shows that our body's cells are a mosaic, with many subtle genetic variations.

It's not news that that our cells pick up mutations as we age. Some skin cells morph into moles. And scientists have, esophagus and .

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