Asexual Reproduction Lesson for Kids

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  • 0:00 What Is Sexual Reproduction?
  • 1:21 Types of Asexual Reproduction
  • 2:14 Budding
  • 2:34 Asexual Reproduction in Plants
  • 3:11 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Rebecca Gillaspy

Dr. Gillaspy has taught health science at University of Phoenix and Ashford University and has a degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic.

Some organisms can reproduce with only one parent. This type of reproduction is called asexual reproduction. It results in offspring that are exactly like the parent. Learn the different ways organisms can reproduce asexually.

What Is Asexual Reproduction?

People and most animals make babies through something called sexual reproduction. For sexual reproduction, you have to have one male and female. So a female cat and a male cat make kittens. With people, a woman and a man make a baby. The babies are always new and individual. While you might look a little bit like your mother or father, you are not identical, or an exact copy, of either of them.

Asexual reproduction is different. Let's say you want to make a photocopy of your homework. You put it in a copier, press the button and out comes an exact copy of your original homework paper. When an organism reproduces using asexual reproduction, it's like using a copier because it produces an exact copy of itself.

In asexual reproduction, there is only one parent, instead of two, and that parent makes more of itself by dividing into pieces or splitting parts of itself off and growing new pieces. But all of the new pieces are genetically identical to the parent. That means that both the parent and the copy are basically exactly alike, just like your photocopy of your homework is like the original.

Types of Asexual Reproduction

There are several different types of asexual reproduction. Let's look at a few of them.

Asexual reproduction is used by many different organisms, including single-celled organisms, like bacteria. Bacteria reproduce by cell division, which means they divide in two.

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