asexual reproduction


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a·sex·u·al reproduction

(ā-sĕk′sho͞o-əl)
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asexual reproduction

Reproduction requiring one parent. Offspring are identical to the parent.
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Noun1.asexual reproduction - reproduction without the fusion of gametesasexual reproduction - reproduction without the fusion of gametes
apomixis - any of several kinds of reproduction without fertilization
blastogenesis - asexual reproduction by budding
budding - reproduction of some unicellular organisms (such as yeasts) by growth and specialization followed by the separation by constriction of a part of the parent
fission - reproduction of some unicellular organisms by division of the cell into two more or less equal parts
fissiparity - reproduction of some multicellular organisms by division, as in the case of some starfish
monogenesis, sporulation - asexual reproduction by the production and release of spores
parthenogenesis, parthenogeny, virgin birth - human conception without fertilization by a man
gemmation, pullulation - asexual reproduction in which a local growth on the surface or in the body of the parent becomes a separate individual
reproduction - the process of generating offspring
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First, we will use the model brown alga Ectocarpus to reveal the fundamental genetic mechanisms by which sex chromosomes control reproductive and life cycle traits of broad importance to all eukaryotes, including sex determination and asexual reproduction through parthenogenesis but also the control of gamete size and the regulation of developmental switches during the life cycle.
Asexual reproduction makes more sense mathematically, which led sexual reproduction to be a paradox.
Conn (1990) stated that asexual reproduction was confirmed by continual propagation of laboratory clones only in tetrathyridia isolated from lizards, as reported by Specht and Voge (1965).
Geneticists long have bet on the success of sexual reproduction over asexual reproduction based, in a large part, on the process known as Muller's ratchet, the mechanism by which a genome accrues deleterious and irreversible mutations after the host organism has lost its ability to carry out the important gene-shuffling job of recombination.
falciparum developing habits of asexual reproduction like other Plasmodium sp (2).
It also establishes, for the first time, quantitative estimates of the relative rates of sexual and asexual reproduction during the parasite life cycle.
Increasing resource allocations to sexual reproduction or asexual reproduction can be at the expense of the other (Bazzaz et al.
asexual reproduction are also brought to bear on the issue.
During asexual reproduction, cells other than gametes develop a sporophyte through an asexual process without meiosis or fertilization called apogamy.
Yet evolution, which is concerned with differential reproductive success, has selected sexual over asexual reproduction because of the benefit of genetic variation, which provides a higher survival rate of offspring (Barash, 1986; Rudin, 1997).
According to National Geographic, this is not the first reported asexual reproduction among female sharks that do not have access to male counterparts.
vivax attack can indeed be the result of renewed asexual reproduction of merozoites following a period of dormancy, as I hypothesise, then this would explain why parasites isolated from peripheral blood samples in recurrent malaria have sometimes proved to be genetically similar to those that were responsible for the primary clinical infection.