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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: September 2019

Chapter 1: - Introductory Concepts

Summary

Chapter 1 introduces some fundamental concepts, starting with a tentative definition of reproduction that will be revised and enriched in the following chapters and with the traditional distinction between sexual and asexual reproduction. We address the delicate issues relating to the notions of biological individual, generation and life cycle (but we refrain from discussing these topics from a philosophical perspective). We also deal with the not always clearly defined relationship between reproductive and developmental processes, in particular those related to regeneration.

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