The biological process by which new individuals are formed.

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The selective pressure of contraceptives

Does it seem probable that the existence of contraceptives (which has reduced human reproduction to below survival-level in many populations) will be a completely new selective pressure on human ...
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Is it really detrimental to humans as a species to reproduce with one's own first cousin?

Tired of hearing of these urban legends and popular opinions, I ask this question here to see if there really is scientific merit to this belief. My questions is, is it really "harmful" for a person ...
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How to know if a woman is fertile without actually making her pregnant?

How to know if a human female is fertile (can give birth to child in future) without making her pregnant? Any signs, tests?
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Why are animal births not taken as seriously as human births?

When humans give birth, more than often medical assistance is needed. Others gather around and frantically look for any way to help. But when an animal gives birth, it is usually seen as a moment ...
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Evolution after the development of sexual reproduction

My understanding of evolution is that genetic mutation occurs in individual members of a species, and they become a new species. Isn't a definition of species a group of genetically similar organisms ...
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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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Which process is needed to complete male reproductive development?

In order to properly complete male reproductive development: ...
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Two-fold cost of sex and r/K selection theory

This article cites a bunch of articles (I haven't been through them) that the effect of the two-fold cost of sex is "reduced" in stable environment or in K-selected environment. It says: [..] the ...
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maximum # of generations possible in a population of cannibalistic rats

Assume a sufficiently large population of rats (to allow genetic variation and facilitate inbreeding) in a place with abundant water, sunlight, shelter but no food. For how many generations can this ...
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Scrotal temperature and vascularization

The testes (at least in human males) are vascular organs, the vascularization extending even o the interstitial spaces of the seminiferous tubules. The function of the scrotal sac, is to isolate the ...
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Reduction of size in diatoms due to asexual reproduction

From this we can see that diatoms reduce their size after asexual reproduction. This would ultimately lead to nonviable small size. Is there any mechanism to avoid this ?
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Stay young by reinserting own DNA from years ago?

As far as I know, the DNA sequence becomes shorter every time a cell divides. A shorter sequence results in information loss and aging characteristics. As a countermeasure, shouldn't one stay young ...
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Has the age at which menopause occurs changed throughout history?

I was reading recently that the age of menarche has decreased in the last 150 years, and was wondering if the age of menopause in humans has also changed recently? Would there be selective pressure ...
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Are there any organisms with larva more advanced than adult form?

Usually adult organisms are more sophisticated than corresponding larva, i. e. frogs, mosquitoes, fish. Are there species where the opposite is true?
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Do all kind of unicellular asexual reproductions let mutations happen, resulting in evolution?

I know about fission, an unicellular asexual reproduction method, where the mother cell splits into two daughter cells. Does this kind of asexual reproductions let mutations happen, leading to much ...
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Role of Calcium and Magnesium in capacitation/acrosome reaction

During the acrosome reaction, the activation enzyme present in the sperm dissolves the corona radiata and zona pellucida enabling the sperm to reach the plasma membrane of the egg. Also calcium and ...
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Ancestral states of sex determination system

Most (maybe all?) species that reproduce sexually have either genders (anisogamy) or mating types (isogamy). There exist today many different type of sexual determination system. There is a whole ...
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What is the name of this type of inflorescence?

I was having a look at a rhizophora plant (from the mangrove family), and I got curious about its inflorescence. I can't make out what kind of inflorescence it is. Here is a photo of the ...
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Do chickens always lay eggs?

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hühnerei says it takes up to 24 h for a chicken to produce an egg. Is that dependent on the chickens nutrition, i.e., if it does not get enough food or the wrong kind, ...
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Surrogacy Post Fertilization

The wikipedia page on surrogacy highlights two main forms of surrogacy: Traditional Surrogacy and Gestational Surrogacy. Traditional surrogacy inseminates the surrogate mother with sperm, while ...
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In what animal species is the sex ratio skewed in favour of the fertile female?

Ants have something like a single fertile female to several males. The same applies to bees, and larger animals - elephants too. Is the sex ratio universally skewed in favour of the female? What ...
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Parthenogenesis in Bees

Parthenogenesis is defined as: "A type of asexual reproduction in which egg develops without fertilization to form a new individual." If parthenogenesis takes place in bees, a drone or male bee is ...
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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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Which monkey species features two distinct male phenotypes?

I remember coming across a popular science article years ago about a monkey species which featured two male genotypes: the first were good looking males who acquired social status (as alphas or betas) ...
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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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Waste generation by embryo [closed]

How does an embryo produce waste products even when its organ systems are not developed fully ? How does the placenta identify or differentiate waste materials from embryo ? Which organelle or ...
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Fertilization of an egg by two sperm

What happens when two sperm fertilize an egg? This can be either naturally or by experiment.
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What animals stop other members of their species from mating and why?

(In particular primates) I know chimps do. Powerful alpha males chimp would beat up omega males that they caught mating. I know gorillas do. Powerful alpha males gorillas would beat up omega males ...
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When is the second polar body extruded from the egg nucleus?

When does the second polar body gets expelled from the egg nucleus during oogenesis ? I know that it occurs after the entry of the sperm into the secondary oocyte but does it occur before the ...
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What are some difficulties animals had to overcome to reproduce on land?

This is for AP Biology, but the assigned textbook chapter doesn't contain any information about the question. What are some difficulties animals had to overcome to reproduce on land? Some ...
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What is the difference between embryology and developmental biology?

The question is quite explanatory in it self, I used to think that both are same but then find somewhere that embryology is a part of developmental biology, can somebody please elucidate?
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Effect of the health of the male parent at the time of conceiving

Does it matter at all in determining the traits of a baby what the current health of the father is? For example, let's say I got diabetes at the age of 40 because of the poor lifestyle choices. Will ...
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Bacterial Conjugation/Horizontal Gene Transfer — how does the plasmid exchange work?

So according to a PPT I'm reading, bacterial conjugation works by the two bacteria joining pili and exchanging plasmids. So how exactly do the plasmids get across the gap? If I understand this ...
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Book on yeast reproduction, evolution and on the use of yeast as model organism

I am looking for a good book in: Yeast reproduction mating types Recombination mating type determination mechanism Yeast evolution Yeast as model organism and its use in experimental biology It ...
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Terms related to megasporogenesis

Well, I am not able to understand the exact difference between megasporocyte and archesporium. Also I'm not quite able to get, how or precisely from where do these arise? Please help.
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Is there a human form of estrus?

Now I just learn that estrus is a trait in all mammals except Humans. So does it occur significantly in Humans? Of course I'm aware of the cliched "horny", "aroused" etc., but is it a biological ...
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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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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 ...
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Location of embryo development in angiosperms

What floral organ does the development of the embryos of angiosperms occurs in? Is it the ovary? The pollen tube grows down through the style and double fertilization occurs and the embryo begins to ...
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Founders of Cnidarian colony

I know that colonial Cnidaria enlarge their colony by the means of asexual reproduction and sexual and asexual reproduction can originate individuals that will be part of other colonies. ...
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Can medications or drugs damage oocytes? [closed]

Some drugs are teratogens, but can any drugs cause DNA damage to oocytes before ovulation or conception (eg chemotherapy drugs)?
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How does a baby retain a blood group different from it's mother, in her womb?

It's a well-established fact that blood group is decided by genotype. But, when a new child starts it's journey in the womb, then the mother's blood (along with it's agglutinins and agglutinogens) ...
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Hot water bath and Infertility

From here: Effect of temperature. Sperm cells will not mature at core body temperature in most mammals (spermatogenic DNA polymerase b and recombinase activities exhibit unique temperature ...
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How does proximal centriole of human sperm function?

I've read that the human's unfertilized oocyte ( stuck at metaphase 2 of meiosis ) lacks centrioles and that it completes meiosis 2 after fertilization as sperm gives its proximal centriole. Then what ...
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Are there multicellular isogamous species?

Are there multicellular isogamous species? Seeking through the examples of wikipedia I would tend to think that there are no multicellular isogamous species.
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Mutated Sperm - What happens?

I saw on TV that not all sperm are the same. Some have mutations like 2 and 3 tails? There were other mutations as well. If one of these mutated sperm actually fertilized an egg, would the embryo ...
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recombinant gametes

Suppose you are able to observe under a microscope the total number of meiotic divisions occurring in one gonad of a given individual and to outnumber exactly the crossovers between two given ...
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Why does the ovum prefers to be arrested at metaphase 2 of meosis before fertilization? What is the possible advantage of this process?

Why does the human ovum prefers to be arrested at metaphase 2 of meosis before fertilization? What is the possible advantage of this process??Please help me with it.
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Why do some animals and fungi prefer asexual reproduction?

Animals like Sponges and Hydra and fungi like Yeast and Mushroom can reproduce both asexually and sexually. However, they only reproduce sexually if the 'circumstances' are 'bad'. Is there a specific ...