Male - female?

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Male - female?

Post by mocka » Sun Aug 19, 2007 8:33 pm

Hello! if i posted this thread at wrong place, i must apology.

Why is that so, that almost everything in the nature is dependent on a partner (couldnt find a better word for it) to be able to breed (im thinking male - female)? Wouldn't it be easier if every individual could be able to birth and continue its generation on its own?

Im sorry, but when im writing this, i realised something. The answer of the question above is of course: To improve!
Am i right in this?

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Post by mith » Sun Aug 19, 2007 8:49 pm

That's no true, most plants can mate with themselves and lets not forget bacteria, viruses, worms. But as you've already guessed there are advantages to sexual reproduction. Use forum search function.
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Post by Darby » Mon Aug 20, 2007 1:54 am

Having separate genders helps boost variability in offspring - self-mating produces "new" mixtures of alleles, but the source is more limited than can be supplied by two individuals. This seems to be more of an issue with some groups than with others - even within the plants, some can self-fertilize and some, like apples for example, cannot.

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