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Asexual Reproduction. Production of offspring from one parent Involves mitosis. Mitosis – Cell Division - exact duplication of all the chromosomes (# and information) in the nucleus, then separated into 2 identical sets. - occurs in all cells except sex cells Cancer – abnormal mitosis.

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Asexual reproduction

Asexual Reproduction

  • Production of offspring from one parent

  • Involves mitosis

Mitosis – Cell Division

- exact duplication of all the chromosomes (# and information) in the nucleus, then separated into 2 identical sets.

- occurs in all cells except sex cells

Cancer – abnormal mitosis

Asexual reproduction

Structure of a double-stranded chromosome

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Chromatid – strand of a chromosome

Chromatin – material of a chromatid

Centromere – holds strands together

Gene – bands of information on chromosome (DNA)



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Differences in Mitosis between Animal and Plant Cells

Animal Cells

- have centrioles

- cleavage (cell membrane pinches in – cytokenisis)

Plant Cells

- no centrioles

- no cleavage – cell plate forms (cell wall)

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Animal cell mitosis – cleavage – pinching in


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Plant cell mitosis – cell plate formation

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Result of Mitosis:

- 2 identical cells made with the exactchromosome # and information as parent cell – exact replicas.

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Methods of Asexual Reproduction

-some organisms reproduce asexually (one parent) using the process of mitosis.

  • Binary Fission:

    • equal division of the cytoplasm of the organism. Ex. Ameba, Paramecium

    • One organism splits itself equally and produces 2 new organisms.

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Binary Fission



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2. Budding:

- unequal division of the cytoplasm (not chromosomes!!!!!)Ex. Hydra and Yeast



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3. Sporulation:

- multicellular organisms

- spores are released and develop new individuals

Bread Mold

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4. Regeneration:

- invertebrates – undifferentiated cells (similar)

- development of entire new organism from part of original. Ex. Starfish, planaria

- replacement of lost structure.

Ex. Lobster claw



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5. Vegetative Propagation:

- Asexual Reproduction in Plants (mitosis)

- New plants develop from roots, stems and leaves of parent plant.

Natural: bulbs, tubers, runners

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A. Bulbs – enlarged underground stem

ex. Onion, garlic, tulip

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B. Tubers – enlarged underground stem with buds (eyes) ex. Potato

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C. Runners – stem that runs along the ground. Ex. strawberries

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a. cutting – stem or leaf is placed in soil and a new plant develops. Ex. Geranium

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b. Grafting:

- stem of one plant is attached to cut end of another.

- No Blending

- red rose bush grafted to yellow rose bush produces a plant with red and yellow roses.

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Results of Asexual Reproduction

  • offspring are genetically identical to parent

  • Same hereditary material (# and information on chromosomes)

  • Same characteristics



  • Can occur naturally or artificially

  • Artificial- Nuclear Transfer

  • Scientists take a parent (body) cell nucleus (DNA)

  • Insert the nucleus into a donor egg cell (the nucleus from the egg was removed)

  • The egg is now implanted into a surrogate female for development

  • The clone will be genetically identical to the organism that the parent cell nucleus came from

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