Wong, Gene K. Department of Biological Sciences, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Connecticut.
Last reviewed:October 2019
- Asexual reproduction
- Sexual reproduction
- Reproductive technologies
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The formation of new individuals, which may occur by asexual or sexual means. All animals must reproduce asexually or sexually to create new individuals of their species. In asexual reproduction, a single parent can produce offspring that are genetically identical to itself. Most animals also use sexual reproduction as a means of maintaining the genetic diversity of their species. Sexual reproduction requires the participation of two individuals or parents that produce gametes: namely, sperm and eggs. See also: Developmental biology; Reproductive system
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