Do changes in an organism's cell modify the genetic information it uses for reproduction?
What I'm actually interested about is whether a modification in one cell during the life of an **asexually** reproducing organism affects its genetic information? Which cell's genetic information is used during reproduction like budding, for example in the case of *Hydra*. Or does the incidental advantage it could have given rise to disappear with the death of the organism?
The mutation will be passed down to all that organisms offspring. This is the vary reason why nature prefers sexual reproduction over asexual reproduction. If an organisms genes are damaged and those damaged genes lead to an increased vulnerability to a certain disease, all offspring will share that vulnerability. Sexual reproduction circumvents this by have gametes being randomly varied and therefore making the species as a whole stronger. Even if one of or both of the parent organism has the bad gene, there is still a chance that the offspring doesn't get it.