Genetic Mutation May Have Contributed to the Development of Human Organs (image) Center for Genomic Regulation Share Print E-Mail Caption A genetic mutation that occurred over 700 million years ago may have contributed to the development of certain organs in human beings and other vertebrates. Credit Universitat de Barcelona. Usage Restrictions CC-BY Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.