How are binary fission and sexual reproduction for prokaryotes different?

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Binary fission is simple division of cells, while in sexual reproduction genes are recombimed.


  1. The binary fission is simple division of prokaryotic cells into two daughter cells. There is no recombination of genes i.e., DNA. The dughter cells may develop into two independent organisms.
  2. In the sexual reproduction the genes are recombined. The new combinations of genes help the adaptation of prokaryotes in the changed environment. We can cite here the examples transduction, translation, transformation. Thank you