Continuing the Line

All living things reproduce to pass their genes on to the next generation.  Some organisms can do this all on their own through asexual reproduction.  Others can only make offspring by exchanging sperm and eggs with the opposite sex, through sexual reproduction.  The method of reproduction that plants or animals use has a lot to do with where they live. 

       Genes
A section of a chromosome that carries the genetic blueprint for a protein molecule involved in the production of a colour, scent or another inherited trait. Genes are transmitted from parent to offspring during sexual and asexual reproduction.

   

Asexual
Any type of reproduction not involving the union of gametes. Reproduction from only one parent.

   

Sexual
Reproduction characterized by the union of a male and female gametes. Also, possessing male or female gametes.