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Janie Park Bis 2A Anton Why Sex Although it has its benefits, reproducing sexually has many consequences that explain why other life forms such as bacteria have managed to remain existent and abundant without it. As we are taught in high school the value to sex and its contribution to variation and natural selection, the topic of cloning is rarely touched on as clones can also reproduce asexually just as effectively as reproducing sexually. A key cost of reproducing sexually instead of asexually is that sex randomly mixes genes into new and untested amalgams. Moreover with reproducing sexually one must worry about finding a mate and driving away competition. In addition, reproducing sexually also increases the changes of contracting a sexually transmitted disease such as AIDS. With so any detrimental consequences to reproducing sexually these raises the question of why even bother with sex? The statement of sex generates variation does not provide a satisfying answer to why bother with sex because variation depends on the population size. Within an infinite population anything
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