The biological process by which new individuals are formed.

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How is excess semen removed if ejaculation does not occur?

There are some attempts to answer the question that I found via cursory Google search, but none of them were appropriately sourced. This site claims that they are "recycled like blood cells", but ...
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Breeding Southern Right Whales Genetics

I don't know much about biology. I just like watching David Attenborough videos and this made me curious. I just watched this video about breeding Southern Right Whales, and these two quotes puzzled ...
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Function of prostate gland and seminal vesicles

Multiple sources (my textbook, internet, videos) have been confusing me as they state various things. Which structure produces most of the semen and produces carbohydrates for the sperm; the seminal ...
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What animal produces male gametes by mitosis?

The following question came up in my biology examination but I could not answer it: "What animal produces male gametes by mitosis?" I know that some plants produce their gametes by mitosis in ...
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What's the difference between evolution fitness and reproductive success?

What's the difference biological fitness and reproductive success in the biological terminology?
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What genetic link would cause a human to have a extra vertebra? [closed]

Most people have five vertebrae in their lumbar (lower back) region, which are named L1 to L5. However, some people possess an additional lumbar vertebra located below the L5. This extra vertebra, ...
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Is the bulbourethral (Cowper) gland turned on during puberty or is it on at birth?

I am trying to find information about the bulbourethral (Cowper) gland and if it gets turned on during puberty or not. I tried asking several other online sites and they said they couldn't help. I ...
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Why do we produce so many sperm?

So apparently we produce roughly 300 million sperm daily. Is there a reason why this is necessary? Wouldn't a much smaller (but still large) number be sufficient? Like, one million?
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Do only one or both pairs of homologous chromatids exchange genetic material during the process of crossing over?

To be specific: Assume chromosomes A and B are homologous. They've both replicated into A1, A2 and B1, B2 and have formed a tetrad at the equator (synapsis). Most textbooks show either A1 and B1 OR A2 ...
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Do astronauts get sterilized when they go into space, like on the ISS? [migrated]

My understanding is that space has powerful radiations in it, such as cosmic rays and high-speed charged particles. The earth's magnetic field and atmosphere largely protect earth dwellers from these ...
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Are gametes determined by the sex of an organism?

In the Wikipedia article for biological sex, I read the following sentence. "The gametes produced by an organism are determined by its sex:..." However, is it not through the gametes produced by ...
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Acrosomal enzymes and the female reproductive tract

My textbook wrote that the reason why acrosomal enzymes are so securely contained within the sperm (thus needing capacitation to facilitate their release) is to prevent any premature release in the ...
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Corpus luteum during the luteal phase and gonadotropins

Does the corpus luteum operate independently of the hypothalamic-hypophyseal-ovarian axis? I know that hCG sustains the corpus luteum in the absence of FSH and LH, but in an ovarian cycle where there ...
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Do babies conceived naturally or artificially have any differences in long-term health?

Are there any long-term differences in children conceived via artificial insemination or sexual intercourse, pending that the mother successfully delivers the child?
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Why do chickens continuously lay unfertilized eggs?

As per subject: why do chickens continuously lay eggs even if they are not fertilized? Is this sort of behaviour found in other species of birds (or other egg-laying animals), or only in chickens? Is ...
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Are seedless fruits considered life? [closed]

From school, I remember that for something to be considered life, it must be able to reproduce. With the creation of seedless fruits (such as watermelon), would this be considered life as they don't ...
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What is effect of sperm in blood?

Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes, and Clostridium perfringens all produce hyaluronidase. Each of these bacteria are pathogens (use hyaluronidase as a virulence factor to destroy the ...
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Why did women historically have such a high mortality rate during birth?

Historically women had a relatively high chance of dying while giving birth. At first thought it seems to me that this would be a disadvantage for the species for the obvious reason that a dead ...
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What is the function of the polar bodies produced during oogenesis?

Why are polar bodies produced during oogenesis in human females? I read that polar bodies are produced during meiosis so that the oogonium (or gamete mother cell) can be converted into a haploid ...
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Difference between Fragmentation and Budding [closed]

I have heard about two terms stating similar things - Fission and Fragmentation . I know Amoeba undergoes fission and Fragmentation is done by spirogyra. So what's the main difference between them?
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How only one follicle develops into graffian follicle?

I've studied that one out of many follicle develops into mature or graffian follicle. The fact which confuses me is that, since all follicles are in same ovary, close to each other with equal supply ...
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Why are mice with a single X chromosome and no Y chromosome males?

I was searching online and I read this article Mice can be male without Y chromosome and this is a part of it: The experiments demonstrate that there are multiple ways to make males, says Richard ...
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Why are not all species hermaphrodites?

If a hermaphrodite animal (like slug, snail, etc) finds a partner they can mate immediately. If another animal with "normal" reproduction (lets say a mouse) finds a partner they can only mate if they ...
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Why do women live longer than men?

According to Wikipedia and many other sources, women live substancially longer than men (over 5 years in the U.S.). Men can reproduce for much longer than women. So longer living men would have the ...
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Does the spermatogonia divide to form primary spermatocyte or grow into primary spermatocyte?

I have two contrasting sources. One says that a spermatogonia 'divides' into two primary spermatocytes. The other says that there are two types of spermatogonia, one of which 'grows' into a primary ...
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How many children could Hunter-Gatherer support?

Hunter-Gatherers, to my knowledge, have to cover a fair amount of ground in order to be able to live off the land. This ought to have a placed a limitation on the number of children that they could ...
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Difference between inbreeding and interbreeding

Is inbreeding the same as interbreeding? On this site interbreeding is defined as (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/interbreeding): To breed with another kind or species; hybridize. To breed ...
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Can an organism exist as a single cell but come together as multi-cellular during certain times?

I am trying to remember a particular segment from a BBC special, in which there was single cellular species. However, at certain times all the individual cells came together to form a structure, not ...
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Is the DNA different in each type of cell? What DNA is passed to offspring?

Our body contains many different types of cells and each of those cells have their own DNA (correct me if wrong) like skin cells their own DNA that makes them skin cells instead of muscle cells. So ...
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Male-Male competition limited to breeding season?

I'm currently reading about sexual selection in the context of evolution. Unfortunately, the focus is always on animal behavior during the breeding season. What is 'normal' behavior outside of ...
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What is working definition for female infertility?

I've studied infertility and found that its quite complex to define. However, I came to know about a useful working definition of infertility; which was " Failure to achieve pregnancy". Few days later ...
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What is most ancestral: isogamy or anisogamy?

Sexual reproduction can be feasible with anisogamy (gametes of different sizes i.e. genders) or isogamy (gametes of same size i.e. mating types) or with undifferentiated gametes (i.e. true random ...
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Why asexual reproduction?

When I took a course on genetics and evolution, I learned that recombination and sexual reproduction is advantageous compared to asexual reproduction. Sexual reproduction allows more combinations of ...
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Can diploidy evolve in absence of sexual reproduction?

Theoretical question Can diploidy (or polyploidy) evolve from a haploid lineage in the absence of sexual reproduction ? For what theoretical reason? How can such evolution take place? Empirical ...
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What's the difference between male and female?

As long as we only look at humans the differences are clear: males have chromosomes XY, produce sperm and don't get pregnant. Females have chromosomes XX, produce egg cells and bear babies. But when ...
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What will happen if a foetus is Rh- and the mother is Rh+?

If a mother has Rh-negative blood and her foetus has Rh-positive blood it will result in rhesus incompatibility and lead to erythroblastosis fetalis. What will happen if the reverse occurs, when a ...
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What makes animal to continually reproduce? [closed]

I was reading about Trypophobia and reached to Surinam Toad's reproduction methods. Then I had this doubt- Why would animals want to reproduce so much? In case of humans we mostly have the offsprings ...
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Genotype of children conceived after stem cell transplant?

If you have sickle cell disease and have a succesful stem cell or bone marrow transplant, your blood type changes to AA. But what about your future children? Do your sperm or egg cells continue to ...
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How does a fetus retain a blood group different from its mother?

It's a well-established fact that blood group is decided by genotype. But, when a new child starts its journey in the womb, the mother's blood (along with it's agglutinins and agglutinogens) flows ...
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What are possible health risks to women having large numbers of children?

What is the possible health issue the women would face in this record? The record for most children born to a single couple belongs to the first wife of Feodor Vassilyev of Russia. In 27 ...
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Can androgen-insensitive genetic-males get pregnant?

According to the linked report, people with androgen insensitivity syndrome appear as male, but have both feminine and masculine outer genitalia. However, I was not able to find out whether their ...
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When does lactation occur?

High levels of estrogens and progesterone antagonize prolactin’s effect on the mammary glands, and it’s only after the placenta has been removed and the levels of estrogens and progesterone has ...
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Why is menstruation in wild animals not a disadvantage to organismal survival?

When I watch wilderness specials for more than a few minutes, I notice a familiar pattern: predators are depicted as being alerted by the scent of blood. Wounded animals seem to make the best prey and ...
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Which sperm fertilizes the egg?

Hundreds of acrosomes must undergo exocytosis to digest holes in the zona pellucida. This is one case that does not bear out the adage, “The early bird catches the worm.” A sperm that comes along ...
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What is the main challenge in creating a chemical male contraceptive?

More than 50 years after hormonal contraception for women was invented, a contraceptive pill for males is still not available. With the obvious major biological differences in mind, why does it appear ...
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How can my baby DNA be “brand new”? [duplicate]

If it is assumed that "over time, our body and our DNA get damaged until we can no longer function properly", how is it that if I make a baby at the age of 40 with a partner of the same age, our baby ...
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Can yeast in a primary fermentation of wine be used as a source of yeast for new fermentation?

So if I were to pitch bread yeast, and get to primary fermentation, which as I understand it, is the point at which regular cellular respiration can no longer continue due to a lack of oxygen , which ...
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How does the Platypus grow before it eats?

From this fascinating documentary on monotremes it is mentioned that the Platypus is born less than 1 cm in length, but has doubled its size by day three when it begins to nurse. How does the animal ...
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Are missing limbs hereditary?

So with my basic understanding of biology, DNA can change over time. Does this mean that if one (or both) parents have something major missing (like a limb), the kid will come out without a limb? ...