mutans reproduces asexually. The asexual
reproduction is chiefly by binary fission, which is cell division
yielding two identical daughter cells.
"The chromosome inside of the cell
attaches to the plasma membrane, when attached the chromosome
replicates. After the chromosome replicates the two daughter
chromosomes become attached to different sites on the plasma
membrane. A contractile ring compose of FtsZ fibers forms
between the two chromosomes. FtsZ fibers are the major
component of the bacteria cytoskeleton. As the FtsZ ring
closes the cytoplasm is divided into two resulting in completion of
the division" (Freeman).
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