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Compare the Advantages and Disadvantages of Sexual and Asexual Reproduction

In this worksheet, students will compare the positives and negatives of organisms procreating sexually or asexually.

'Compare the Advantages and Disadvantages of Sexual and Asexual Reproduction' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Year:  GCSE

GCSE Subjects:   Biology: Single Subject

GCSE Boards:   AQA, OCR Gateway,

Curriculum topic:   Inheritance, Variance and Evolution, Genes, Inheritance and Selction

Curriculum subtopic:   Reproduction Inheritance

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

Organisms engage in two types of reproduction – asexual and sexual, with each method having its positives and negatives. Considering this, some organisms do one or the other, or even both!


Chart on positives and negatives of sexual reproduction


Positives and negatives of asexual reproduction


Organisms that sexually reproduce include humans, while an example of asexual reproduction is yeast budding.


However, some organisms alternate between the two methods depending on the conditions. One example of this is the malarial parasite which first reproduces sexually in the mosquito, but once transmitted into the human host, it reproduces asexually.


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