Asexual Reproduction (pg309)
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We jumped into a new topic today called asexual reproduction. We defined it as “a type of reproduction by which offspring arise from a single parent organism and inherit the genes of that parent only.” This is very different from sexual reproduction, which will be tomorrow’s topic. Students spent the class researching various organisms that reproduce asexually, including strep bacteria, starfish, and even the Ebola virus. (Check above for a copy of the worksheet.)
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Develop and use a model to describe why structural changes to genes (mutations) located on chromosomes may affect proteins and may result in harmful, beneficial, or neutral effects to the structure and function of the organism. Emphasis is on conceptual understanding that changes in genetic material may result in making different proteins. Assessment does not include specific changes at the molecular level, mechanisms for protein synthesis, or specific types of mutations.
Develop and use a model to describe why asexual reproduction results in offspring with identical genetic information and sexual reproduction results in offspring with genetic variation. Emphasis is on using models such as Punnett squares, diagrams, and simulations to describe the cause and effect relationship of gene transmission from parent(s) to offspring and resulting genetic variation.