News tagged with asexual reproduction

How honeybees do without males

An isolated population of honeybees, the Cape bees, living in South Africa has evolved a strategy to reproduce without males. A research team from Uppsala University has sequenced the entire genomes of a sample of Cape bees ...

dateJun 09, 2016 in Plants & Animals
shares308 comments 0

Why did sex evolve? Prof Laurence Hurst explores

The reason why, in terms of evolution, organisms have sex may seem rather obvious – they do it to reproduce. Clearly, natural selection must favour individuals who can reproduce over those who can't. But this is missing ...

dateMar 01, 2016 in Evolution
shares406 comments 0

Starfish that clone themselves live longer

Starfish that reproduce through cloning avoid ageing to a greater extent than those that propagate through sexual reproduction. This is shown by a new research study in which researchers from the University of Gothenburg ...

dateJun 25, 2015 in Plants & Animals
shares215 comments 0

If you could clone yourself, would you still have sex?

Imagine how easy life would be if you could produce offspring without a mate. Sexual reproduction is the most common mating system in the animal kingdom. But in many species, females do not require males to produce offspring ...

dateFeb 13, 2015 in Other
shares24 comments 2

Diatom sex pheromone isolated and characterized

(Phys.org)—Diatoms (unicellular photosynthetic organisms) reproduce through asexual cell division alternating with short periods of sexual reproduction. A German and Belgian team has now determined that pheromones play ...

dateDec 14, 2012 in Biochemistry
shares0 comments 0