Difference between SNP and point mutation - (May/31/2005 )
Sorry to disagree, methylnick, but the term "point mutation" describes only the extent of the mutation (as opposed to "deletion mutation" or "insertion mutation", for example) and says nothing about the consequenses (good, bad, or neutral) of the mutation.
Is it safe to say that all SNPs are point mutations, but not all point mutations are SNPs?
SNPs are also point mutation. the mutation may or may not have an effect on gene's function. The difference between SNP and point mutation is that for a point mutation to be a SNP the minor allele of a SNP must be present at appreciable frequency (at least 1%) in the human population.
i feel that SNP is a methodology or a technique by which we can identify the point mutation in various individuals of a given population. and point mutation is an incident that occurs in an individual of a population.