This is now such an ambiguous expression that no reliable definition seems possible. At least five different meanings can be identified. Self-reproduction could be said to occur in:
1. the division of a cell, transmitting its genetic material without modification to the resulting new cells;
2. the production by cloning of new plants also genetically identical to the original one;
3. the production of new plants only by vegetative propagation, as for example by rhizomes in colonies of poplars, or stolons in strawberry plants;
These first three meanings are relative to concrete living systems.
From an abstract viewpoint, we may distinguish:
4. the self-reproductive automaton, as for example in some cases in J. CONWAY's Games of Life;
5. the autopoietic reproduction of a system through which the system more or less continuously reconstructs itself by the cyclical or recursive reproduction of its elements and the characteristical links amongst them.
These different meanings are obviously related. Remains to be seen if the two last ones can be compatibilized, really becoming general models for the former ones, and how.
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