An individual organism does not live forever. The survival of any species depends on the ability to reproduce. Reproduction lets genetic information be passed on to new organisms. Reproduction involves various kinds of cell division. Most single-celled organisms and some multicellular organisms reproduce asexually. In asexual reproduction (ay-SEHK-shoo-uhl ree-pruh-DUHK-shun), one organism produces one or more new organisms that are identical to itself. These organisms live independently of the original organism. The organism that produces the new organism or organism is called a parent. Each new organism is called offspring. The parent passes on all of its genetic information to the offspring. So, the offspring produced by asexual reproduction are genetically identical to their parents. They may differ only if a genetic mutation happens.