The biological process by which new individuals are formed.

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Why are so many spermatozoa produced when only one of them fertilises the ovum?

During fertilisation only one sperm can fertilise the ovum. So why so many millions of sperms are produced?? Isn't this a waste of energy?
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Are progenies factually half-clones of the parents?

Given that a "clone" (if anything, in the context of human cloning) is taken to be, as far as I have understood, a specimen possessing the same genome as his "father/mother", aren't all "non-cloned" ...
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Why do earthworms cross-fertilise being hermaphrodite

Although the earthworms are hermaphrodites, they dont di self fertilisation but crossfertilisation. What is the logical reason behind them doing it?
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What is this Sacrificial Reproductive Strategy Called?

The reproductive strategy of salmon is 'suicidal'. Before breeding the males metamorph permanently into a form suited for the breeding season but unsuited for survival. The females devote so much of ...
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When does meiosis occur in flowering plants?

At what point in the development of a flower does meiosis occur?
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Zygote Implantation and Pregnancy Detection

In a normal pregnancy, the embryo (blastocyst) implants between 8-9 days after ovulation. My understanding is that it is able to implant because the fertilized embryo produces a hormone that triggers ...
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Heteromaternal Superfecundation - Any known cases?

Superfecundation in mammals (fertilization of two or more ova from the same cycle by sperm from separate acts of sexual intercourse) -- Is possible in nature from different fathers (Heteropaternal) as ...
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Can females be recreated from male DNA?

A chromosomal male is XY and a chromosomal female is XX. Now imagine if, one day, this world has only males - is it possible to "recreate" a female by using two X chromosomes from two different males?
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Why did life on Earth develop with two sexes? [duplicate]

If evolution gives us the best adapted organisms for survival of the fittest, why does so many of Earth's organisms require two sexes for reproduction? Shouldn't this have been bred out of our ...
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Why don't the apples seeds from grafted trees produce the same kind of apples?

As Wikipedia says: Grafting is a horticultural technique whereby tissues from one plant are inserted into those of another so that the two sets of vascular tissues may join together. In most ...
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How often does parthenogenesis in mammals happen?

Probably everyone knows that mammals can't produce viable offspring by parthenogenesis. But there are reports of human chimeras (see: a human parthenogenetic chimaera) and it's known for mice to ...
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Why are siblings unidentical? (Which chromosome of the pair do gametes have?) [closed]

I know that a normal human cell has 23 pairs of chromosomes (total: 46). On the other hand, a gamete has only 23 chromosomes. Which chromosome does the gamete choose out of each pair? And if "One of ...
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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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Nature vs Nurture in Rooster mating dance: Are roosters lame dancers because they never learned any better?

I've seen, read about, or heard several avian courtship dances, flights, songs, and other rituals. They are general very impressive, fancy, and beautiful. Roosters, by comparison, are quite lame. The ...
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Can sexual selection operate in temperature dependent sex determining organisms?

Or more broadly, are distinct forms of genetic inheritance (ie. sex chromosomes) needed for sexual selection? My thinking was that since there are no sex determining loci, there could not be linkage ...
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Why can't gametes of one species fuse with that of the other species? [closed]

I have read that gametes of one species cannot fuse with that of another? For example the sperm of a dog can't fuse with the ova of a cat or a horse?
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Why didn't humans evolve to reproduce identical twins all the time?

According to the selfish gene theory, it seems like because identical twins sometimes get produced, a mutation to a gene that says, "if you have an identical twin, be fully altruistic towards them" ...
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Albinism inheritance problem: what are the father's alleles if he got an albino kid?

Albinism is caused by a recessive gen "c". A normal man marries an albino woman. The first son happened to be albino. What are the possible phenotypes of the parents? What is the chance that their ...
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Fruit Fly Hybrids

I have a food waste bin in which I put fruit scraps. The fruits come from all over the world, mainly Europe though. I'm in the UK. I assume the fruit Fly eggs are already in the fruit, in which ...
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Is Mutation Theory still “valid” for complex organisms?

I'm afraid like most people I suffer from having learned "A History of Evolution" in school, rather than cutting to the chase and learning the actual "up to date" version of the subject. (Imagine if ...
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Big cat in heat for months?

In this documentary about a lioness and a leopard the leopard is in heat for months. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGqmylkOuKw Usually a big cat would be in heat for 5 days and then not in heat ...
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About binary fission in amoeba [closed]

We know that amoeba reproduces by binary fission. Then does it mean that it never dies but keeps regenerating? In other words and more generally, does reproduction by fission by unicellular organisms ...
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What bacteria do unborn babies contain?

This Scientific American article states that "[human] infestation [by bacteria] begins at birth". This would suggest that unborn babies are free from any bacteria. However, if the mother catches a ...
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How long does conception take?

I know that conception is a multi-step process. A sperm fuses with an egg. Its contents diffuse into the cytoplasm. Dad's DNA is transported to the nucleus. Proteins are gradually made from Dad's DNA....
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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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Is there a mechanism by which mammals lose interest in a partner after mating?

I'm reading the book called "Cupid's poison arrow", which revolves around a rather simple assumption: most mammals, including humans have a genetic program that is responsible for ever increasing ...
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What is the simplest autotrophic cell?

Very simple cells, such as Nanoarchaeum equitans, require a host to provide certain essential ingredients for life. Complex life-forms (like humans) require a whole ...
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How is centriole number maintained during meiosis?

I've found a website (Pearson's BioCoach) that claims centrioles duplicate in Prophase II. Is this accurate? Does it depend on the species in question? Looking at three textbook illustrations of ...
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Can two members of the same sex have a biological baby? [duplicate]

I imagine that this would work using a similar technique to dolly the sheep. For two females, the nucleus of an egg would be placed in a sperm which has had its nucleus removed. The 'female' sperm ...
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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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Negative association between habitat quality and reproductive success in birds

I'm looking for bird studies that have found either a negative correlation or no correlation between habitat quality and reproductive success. Or in other words, bird studies that have found that ...
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Expected reproduction rate of a dandelion and/or fern

I am working a basic mathematical/computer simulation of an ecosystem, and I need to know the birth rate of each organism in my simulation. However, I could not find any data for how often a small, ...
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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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Isogametes and oogametes

I have found the following definitions of different types of gametes: isogametes: gametes looking and behaving the same; heterogametes: gametes different in size or in behaviour; oogametes: gametes ...
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Mating types in fungi (and somatogamy)

I would have some related questions about the mating types of fungi. Does a single spore generate a mycelium possessing only one mating type? If it does not in general, do Ascomycota and ...
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The Human Menstrual Cycle [duplicate]

1) What happens in the ovary and in the bloodstream that brings about this change in the uterus? 2) Why does the level of FSH decrease and remain at a relatively low level during the luteal phase of ...
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Do females retain oogonia after puberty?

Oogonia are the precursors of oocytes in females present during embryonic development. I was wondering whether these stem cells are still present in the ovaria at puberty?
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How the pattern of fertilization path is determined before the cell division to form the blastocyst? Is it individually specific?

After sperm meets ovum,the inactive nucleus starts following a particular path inside the zygote rather chase a path.This path is biologically known as fertilization path (as mentioned in an article ...
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What is the trigger of pollen tube formation when the pollen is on the stigma?

What is the mechanism of pollen tube formation when the pollen is close to the stigma ? Is it because of chemotaxis? In other words, is the growth triggered by some chemical substance that is ...
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If the haploid prothallium of a fern fertilizes itself into a diploid sporophyte, does this make all ferns clones?

From what I understand in the alternation of generations in ferns, mature spores germinate into a haploid prothallium. But how does this gametophyte produce recombinant gametes if it itself develops ...
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Is the number of stamens always 9 for geranium?

We are studing in class the reproduction of plants. We start the lesson by observing some components of flowers, it was the GĂ©ranium. First of all we start counting the number of sepals , petals and ...
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What is the developmental basis of the placental sac?

The placental sac is the organ that provides nutrients to the embryo from the mother. My question is that, since this obviously involves a lot of complexity, where does the sac originate from (...
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How many mitotic divisions do haploid cells undergo before fertilization?

Background This question is about human physiology and gametogenesis. A spermatozoid is not necessarily the direct "offspring" of diploid cell. Stated differently, a spermatozoid cell can be the ...