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Reproduction in Bacteria

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Reproduction in Bacteria


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You get to learn interesting details about the world of microbes, from the diseases they cause to the essential roles they play in ecosystems and industry. Then, work in a top-secret underground biotechnology lab and help develop a new strain of bacteria that can clean up environmental contamination.

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Now You Know

After completing this tutorial, you will be able to complete the following:

  • Explain sexual reproduction of bacteria.
  • Explain asexual reproduction of bacteria.
  • Compare sexual and asexual reproduction of bacteria in terms of genetic diversity.
  • Explain the advantages of sexual reproduction in bacteria.
  • List the factors that limit the reproduction of bacteria.

Everything You'll Have Covered

What are the two ways that bacteria reproduce?

~ Bacteria reproduce either asexually or sexually.

What happens to bacteria during asexual reproduction?

~ During asexual reproduction, bacterial cells grow and double in size. They replicate their DNA and divide in half, resulting in two daughter cells with identical genetic material.

What happens to bacteria during sexual reproduction?

~ During sexual reproduction, a temporary cytoplasmic bridge forms between two separate bacterial cells. Genetic material from one bacterial cell is transferred to the other through a process called conjugation.

Why is it not possible for bacteria to take over Earth?

~ Bacteria cannot take over Earth because an inadequate food supply, increasing waste, and extreme temperature and moisture limit their reproduction.

Tutorial Details

Approximate Time 2 Minutes
Pre-requisite Concepts Students should have a general understanding of the following terms: asexual reproduction, bacteria, and bacteriology.
Course Biology
Type of Tutorial Animation
Key Vocabulary asexual reproduction, bacteria, bacteriology