The biological process by which new individuals are formed.

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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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Why doesn't the sperm die if there is citric acid and acid phosphatases in the semen?

While studying I read that sperm needs alkaline medium for its survival.But when I studied the composition of semen it revealed that semen contains citric acid which acts as a sperm nutrient along ...
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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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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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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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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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Significance of prostaglandins in semen?

I am trying to figure out how prostaglandins in the semen relate to the female reproductive tract. More specifically, How does prostaglandins in semen help the female reproductive tract increase the ...
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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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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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Evolution from Mating types to different sexes

Imagine a lineage of multicellular organisms that had mating types and evolved their mating types into sexes. What are the possible mechanisms that might have brought this lineage to evolve sexes from ...
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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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Beginning of the urogenital system

Are any invertebrate nephridia (proto/meta) homologous with vertebrate kidneys in the sense that embryologically they also begin together with the genital system? When did the embryologic association ...
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Do Asian women have more difficult births than Europeans?

I recently heard a claim that Asians in general have more difficult births than Europeans. Is this true? I have found a few studies(1,2) on the effect of ethnicity on birth outcomes but they seem to ...
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Meiosis vs. Mitosis

Meiosis is a type of cell division that reduces the chromosome number from 2n to n to make gametes viable for reproduction in humans. I know that during meiosis, there is independent assortment and ...
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Why do mammals in the wild retain the “trait” of menstruating with blood? [duplicate]

This question intrigued me a lot since if animals in the wild did have menstruation with blood flow, wouldn't all that blood be attracting every other predator in the vicinity?
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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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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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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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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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Is “monosexual” still a valid term in biology?

I read an older article where they talk about species being strictly monosexual as opposite of being hermaphrodite, etc [1]. After an extensive googling and reading about how everybody has to be at ...
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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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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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Asexual reproduction and Telomeres

Many eukaryotic organisms like yeasts, hydras , planarias, plants etc reproduce asexually. Replication of End of linear DNA pose a limit to the number of cell divisions. My question : Do asexually ...
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Causes of monozygotic twins

Twins could be monzygotic i.e. identical twins and dizygotic i.e. non-identical twins.Well, monozygotic twins occur when a single egg is fertilized to form a zygote which later divide into separate ...
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Neuroendocrinal mechanism of parturition

My book reads, "The fetus signals that it is mature by secreting certain hormones that diffuse across the placenta into mother's blood and cause the secretion of oxytocin from her posterior ...
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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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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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Regulation in plants bearing cleistogamous and chasmogamous flowers

In most plants bearing cleistogamous flowers, chasmogamous flowers are also borne by the plants. For example, Viola, Oxalis and Commelina contain both these kinds of flowers.( I am unaware of a ...
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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 ...
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Why does the chance of having a baby with Down's syndrome increase with the age of the mother?

Down's syndrome occurs when either the egg or the sperm cell contain on extra chromosome 21. To my understanding, women are born with all the egg cells in place already, so there's no further cell ...
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Why isn't Rh disease present in other mammals?

I have read about Rhesus D Hemolytic Disease of the Newborn, sometimes called "Rh disease". It's rare, but it can happen when an Rh+ baby is conceived by an Rh- mother. This raises many questions. I ...
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Cell life: division for immortality or reproduction with aging

Are the two cells that are derived from one cell, ‘twin sisters’ or a ‘mother and a daughter’? In other words, can a cell really be divided to live an "immortal" life or is cell reproduction the ...
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Why, specifically, does each generation, on average, improve upon the design of the species rather than degrade it?

In every non-life example I can envision, a copy of a copy is always a degraded or less pure version of the original unless some outside influence acts to correct the copy back toward the ideal ...
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Why do some women have menstruation-like spotting throughout their pregnancy?

An interesting question that was asked during a lecture about human reproduction: what is the biological mechanism behind some pregnant women getting monthly spotting that they mistake for a regular ...
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Why is fructose not glucose the main energy source of sperm?

The seminal fluid contains fructose as the main energy source for the sperm and not glucose. Why is fructose and not glucose the primary energy source for these sperm, since glucose is the ...
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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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How far into a pregnancy is it before visible signs of it is apparent and risk of physical trauma increases

I'm doing research for a series I'm writing. in it the main character is pregnant however goes off to fight a criminal organization who have been killing her friends and i want her appearance to show ...
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Alternating Ovulation

I have often heard that right and left ovaries alternate in releasing ovum. Is it always true? What controls this rhythm? Is it simply because the other ovary is unresponsive to LH or FSH? If so, ...
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Cytoplasmic determinants - protostomes and deuterostomes

Cytoplasmic determinants are spread unevenly in the egg, and so when embryo starts forming (cells start dividing), the determinants are also unequally divided between cell. This unequal distribution ...
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The probability of indirect human fertilization (follow-up)

This question is a follow-up to this one. I've been wondering how small that probability is. As we all know, "safe" sex, that is (correctly) using a condom and all that, isn't perfectly safe. So, in ...
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Male behaviour during breeding season

The mountain blue bird build nests to attract females and exhibit aggression towards other males during breeding season. Which of the following is likely to give the birds maximal evolutionary ...
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Division of Polar Body

The first polar body formed after meiosis-I is completed in oocyte, may or may not divide. Why is the statement that "it may or may not divide"? Is it random ?
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Need of X or Y chromosome protein after meiosis

After meiosis each spermatid get either the X chromosome or the Y chromosome. I know that the 4 spermatids formed from 1 spermatogonia are connected by cytoplasm and so the proteins made by X or Y ...
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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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Are identical twins exactly the same?

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=identical-twins-genes-are-not-identical According to this article some identical twins show differences with respect to their copy number variants. ...
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Why is there sperm mitochondrial suicide?

The mitochondria in the sperm are digested upon entry into the egg, making mDNA inheritance exclusively female. What is the advantage of this? Wouldn't some male mDNA be beneficial because of the ...
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Are there any studies on the fertility levels of humans/mammals as a function of their stay at Antarctica?

Wikipedia, and Space.SE seem to indicate humans become infertile in space due to the increased exposure to cosmic rays. Knowing as we do that Antarctica is holey, and subject to increased radiation ...
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Is there a database of pollen-seed distances across plant species?

I was enjoying Richard Smith's excellent answer to this question, and wondered: If you consider the pollen/seed distribution range to be plant locomotion, is there a database that compares these ...
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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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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 ...