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Prolific

prolific

1. Having the quality of generating; producing young or fruit; generative; fruitful; productive; applied to plants producing fruit, animals producing young, etc.; usually with the implied idea of frequent or numerous production; as, a prolific tree, female, and the like.

2. Serving to produce; fruitful of results; active; as, a prolific brain; a controversy prolific of evil.

3. (Science: botany) proliferous.

Origin: F. Prolifique, fr. L. Proles offspring (from pro for, forward _ the root of alere to nourish) _ facere = to make. See Adult, Old, and Fact.


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Re: Solving World Hunger with Aphid Farms

... species has its own life cycle, but there are some features uniting nearly all of them. One feature most species share is that they are incredibly prolific. Wingless adult female aphids can produce 50 to 100 offspring. A newly born aphid becomes a reproducing adult within about a week and then ...

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by erialsneider
Sun Nov 03, 2013 12:13 pm
 
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Solving World Hunger with Aphid Farms
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Sexual selection

... sexual, it's just selection of traits that don't necessarily increase survival chances but definitely increase reproductive chances. A more prolific bacterial strain is undergoing sexual selection. The term dates back to before asexual reproduction was really considered in natural systems.

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by Darby
Thu May 10, 2012 2:23 pm
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Sexual selection
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Views: 7544

The woman who evolved into a single celled organism

Thanks for that guys! I shall remember the name of Henrietta Lacks. Perhaps my lecturer exagerated how prolific the cells are in labs. I thought that microbiologists might now them as a pest that crops up every now and then. I had forgotten about the interesting legal issues ...

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by NaturalScientist
Thu Oct 15, 2009 5:45 pm
 
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The woman who evolved into a single celled organism
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Views: 1808

Re: Natural selection is proven wrong

... standard natural selection doesn't necessarily apply. Modern medicine allows people with harmful disorders (asthma, diabetes, etc) to live long prolific lives, and pass their genes on to the next generation. In a more "natural" setting, these people would die much sooner, leaving no ...

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by biohazard
Thu Apr 23, 2009 6:11 am
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Natural selection is proven wrong
Replies: 247
Views: 620253

Re: Natural selection is proven wrong

... standard natural selection doesn't necessarily apply. Modern medicine allows people with harmful disorders (asthma, diabetes, etc) to live long prolific lives, and pass their genes on to the next generation. In a more "natural" setting, these people would die much sooner, leaving no ...

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by AstusAleator
Wed Apr 22, 2009 9:40 pm
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Natural selection is proven wrong
Replies: 247
Views: 620253
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