Robustness and the Evolution of Development

  • David Krakauer (Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, USA)
A3 01 (Sophus-Lie room)


During development complex phenotypes are formed without immediate natural selective feedback. I will discuss the crucial role of hierarchy - both in gene expression, signaling and in cell architecture - in promoting local selective processes that stabilize developmental patterning. I will review some of the data on gene knockouts and relate these empirical results to the idea of facilitated variation.

Antje Vandenberg

Max-Planck-Institut für Mathematik in den Naturwissenschaften Contact via Mail

Nihat Ay

Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences