Reproduction is the process of creating more life from existing life. Some creatures can reproduce themselves (see asexual reproduction). Higher forms of life require a male and female for this (see sexual reproduction).
The ability to reproduce is a key aspect of life. Things which cannot reproduce themselves are not considered to be alive in the full sense (but see virus).
Owing to the huge gaps in the Theory of Evolution, atheistic Biologists usually do not care to consider how it is that the first living creatures came into being and acquired the ability to produce offspring. Scientists working from a creationary perspective accept the word of God as written in Genesis as the explanation for the creation of the first living creatures.
Asexual reproduction is reproduction by a single organism. This reproduction is accomplished through a few different ways, primarily cloning (in bacteria and some sea dwelling invertebrates) through budding and self pollenation (in plants)
- Wile, Dr. Jay L. Exploring Creation With Biology. Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc. 1998