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Asexual Reproduction

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by roshniarun
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Biology
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Asexual Reproduction

There is no variation in the offspring because no new genes are introduced. Even though the offspring is like a photocopy, there are some mistakes that can occur to make different traits to happen in the copy. A big difference is that the copy is often a little smaller.

In asexual reproduction, the cell divides into two daughter cells that are like exact copies of themselves. This is because before a cell divides, its nucleus divides, and each nucleus is given the same genetic material.

Asexual Reproduction

In normal growth and development, asexual reproduction is responsible for the increase in number of cells, for example when tissues grow back after you get hurt.

The prefix “A” of asexual means without and sex means “to cross”, so therefore asexual means without crossing. Asexual reproduction does not involve male and female partners. The offspring of asexual reproduction can be called clones, since they have the same DNA.

A benefit of asexual reproduction is that unlike species that produce sexually, they are able to produce offspring faster. A drawback of asexual reproduction is that it takes a long time for these populations to adapt to their environment, so it is easy for them to wipe out completely. A benefit of sexual reproduction is that the organisms practing this type of reproduction will be able to adapt more quickly to its environment. A drawback is that it takes longer for an offspring to develop.

The difference between offspring born from one parent and offspring born from two parents is that the offspring born from one parent is an exact copy as the parent while offspring born from two parents have similarities with each of their parents but they do not look exactly like either one of their parents.

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