I have a question regarding how organism replicate them self to create an other organism,

We know that in animal reign, we need a male and female that will generate a new being.

what I want to know is if there is a micro organism that can create another one without a partner of the same kind? and in that case how this organism can do that?

hope my question was clear!



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The short answer is yes, there are single-celled organisms that can reproduce without another "partner". Probably the most famous example is that of bacteria.

What you're talking about is known as asexual reproduction. In bacteria, the process is known as binary fission, where one bacterium (known as the parent cell) divides into two organisms (known as daughter cells). These two cells will be genetically identical (barring any mutations) to the parent cell, because there has been no combination (for lack of a better term) of DNA, as there is in sexual reproduction.

The process works the same way it does in cells in multicellular organisms, such as humans: DNA "unwinds" (again due to lack of a better term) in the center of the cell, complementary bases are added to each of the now-separate strands (adenine with thymine, guanine with cytosine), the other parts of the cell are duplicated, and, gradually, the bacterium splits in two. The process can be very quick, compared to the nine months humans spend in the womb.

Asexual reproduction is not unique to single-celled organisms, though. While it is prevalent (and easy) in bacteria, some multicellular organisms reproduce asexually. Some plants are capable or this via self-pollination, and there have been some reports (albeit rather dubious) of certain "common" animals reproducing asexually.

There are advantages and disadvantages to asexual reproduction. One advantage is obvious: no mate necessary. As long as an organism has enough energy and nutrients to reproduce, it can. Also, the process is quick, and easy. There are some disadvantages, though. The big one is that there is no recombination from multiple DNA sources - that is, the resulting organism will have exactly (again, barring mutations) the same genes as its parent - for better or for worse. If an asexually-reproducing organism has a defect that still allows it to reproduce, chances are, its offspring will have that defect.

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    $\begingroup$ I disagree with your statement that asexual reproduction is known as binary fission in bacteria. Some bacteria reproduce by budding and some eukaryotes and archaea reproduce by binary fission. $\endgroup$
    – canadianer
    Sep 25, 2014 at 1:56
  • $\begingroup$ @canadianer Are you saying that binary fission is not unique to bacteria, that it is not the only method used by bacteria to reproduce asexually (which I knew but did not put in), or that it is not correct terminology? $\endgroup$
    – HDE 226868
    Sep 25, 2014 at 12:49
  • $\begingroup$ Ok, does it happened in nature that the resulting organism have different DNA then the parents? $\endgroup$
    – Nabil Kem
    Sep 25, 2014 at 21:03
  • $\begingroup$ If there is one parent, and there are no mutations, then the offspring will have the same DNA as the parent. If there are multiple parents with different DNA, then the organism will have different DNA than the parents. $\endgroup$
    – HDE 226868
    Sep 25, 2014 at 22:33

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