David Krakauer, Joshua Plotkin

Paper #: 03-02-009

A large number of molecular mechanisms exist to ensure the continued function of perturbed cells. Here we explore a range of mechanisms of molecular robustness. A theory of robustness is proposed in which mechanisms are classified into those that purge damage, and those that buffer damage. The strategy upon which a system settles, is a function of the cost of purgation, and thereby a function of population size.