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Process that can direct leads to fertilization as well as other forms of genetic mixing between organisms, e.g., conjugation.
Often the concept of mating is envisaged to entail the interactions between two individual organisms rather than, for example, the broadcasting of pollen or sperm into environments – the latter as practiced by numerous marine invertebrates – with the intention of reaching potentially multiple mating targets.
For animals, the term "sex" is often employed to denote this process of mating, though mating is both a broader concept than that of sex. Sex can be used to denote a broader array of concepts than simply mating, including as a synonym for gender.
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