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Types of Asexual Reproduction


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Types of Asexual Reproduction

Hydra undergoing budding


Another type of asexual reproduction is called budding. Budding is when a new organism, or the offspring, grows off the side of the adult through a part called a bud. The new baby will stay attached to the original adult until it reaches maturity at which point they break off and become its own independent organism. A single adult can have many buds and many offspring at the same time.

Both unicellular organisms, like yeast, and multicellular organisms, like hydra, can undergo budding. Again, the offspring are clones of the parent unless some sort of mutation happens during the copying of the DNA or cell reproduction.

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