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How Do Bacteria Reproduce?

By July 10, 2008

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Bacterial reproduction most commonly occurs by a kind of cell division called binary fission. Binary fission results in the formation of two bacterial cells that are genetically identical. Binary fission is an effective way for bacteria to reproduce, however it does introduce problems. Since the cells produced through this type of reproduction are identical, they are all susceptible to the same types of antibiotics. Through bacterial recombination, bacteria can gain genetic variation by incorporating genes from other bacteria.

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