Educator Resources for Asexual Reproduction

Can a parent and child also be twins? Yes—if they're organisms that reproduce asexually! Some plants and simple organisms create offspring by making clones, or copies of themselves. Unlike sexual reproduction (which combines genes from a female egg cell and a male sperm cell), asexual reproduction produces offspring that are genetically identical to the parent. This can occur in several different ways. Some plants branch out through stems or roots. Bacteria and other prokaryotes split in half in a process called binary fission. Some organisms grow tiny versions of themselves known as buds, while others can regenerate into new individuals from broken parts. Click "play" to learn more about this reproductive process that's anything but cookie-cutter!