Item RH031002: In organisms that reproduce without the combining of two cells, the information in the DNA molecules of parents and offspring is identical.

In some kinds of organisms, reproduction occurs asexually (without the combining of two sex cells). Which of the following statements is TRUE about the information that is passed in DNA from a parent to its offspring in these kinds of organisms?

  1. The information in the DNA of a parent is identical to the information in the DNA of its offspring.
  2. The information in the DNA of a parent is completely different from the information in the DNA of its offspring.
  3. Half of the information in the DNA of a parent and the DNA of its offspring is identical.
  4. The information that is identical in the DNA of a parent and in the DNA of its offspring varies from organism to organism within the same species.

Distribution of Responses

Chart showing distrubtion of responses for Item RH031002

Percent of students responding correctly

Overall39%
Grades 6–833%
Grades 9–1248%
Male43%
Female35%
Primary Language is English40%
Primary Language is not English37%

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