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Sexual Heredity vs Asexual Heredity

Sexual Heredity vs Asexual Heredity

In sexually reproducing organisms, the new individual receives half of the genetic information from its mother and half from its father.  Sexually produced offspring resemble, but are not identical to either of their parents. In asexually reproducing organisms, all the genes come from a single parent by the cell division process of mitosis. All offspring are normally genetically identical to the parent. 

Materials for Sexual Heredity vs Asexual Heredity


Sexual vs. Asexual Reproduction

Description: Explore strategies used by living things to produce offspring with this interactive animation.


Going Solo (PDF 110.71 KB)

Description: An article on lizards and asexual reproduction

Tag Results - Asexual Reproduction

Description: Engaging articles from Discover Magazine on asexual reproduction.

Interactive Tutorials

Secret Lives of Flowers

Description: Explore sexual reproduction in flowering plants and recognize how flowers rely on other organisms for pollination.

Teacher Resources

Asexual vs Sexual Reproduction (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: An illustrated article, video, and practice problems teaching asexual and sexual reproduction, including how to distinguish between sexual and asexual reproduction, the different types of asexual reproduction, and how plants and animals reproduce sexually.

Investigating Reproductive Strategies (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: A lesson plan comparing sexual and asexual reproduction in several organisms.

Reproduction (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: The learner explores ways in which organisms reproduce, and discusses the role that reproduction plays in the cycle of life. By watching short videos and participating in follow-up discussion, students observe that 1. No individual organism lives forever and in order to continue species, organisms must pass their genetic instructions on to the next generation. 2. They learn that organisms reproduce asexually, by dividing and producing two identical copies of themselves. 3. They learn that many plants reproduce sexually, often using complex strategies that have evolved over millions of years. 4. They explore the pros and cons of asexual and sexual reproduction and the reasons both strategies persist.


Asexual reproducers

Description: A video segment that explores the question of sexual versus asexual reproduction

Clonal vs Sexual Reproduction

Description: A 9 minute video on sexual vs asexual reproduction