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Transitioning from unstable to stable colony growth in the desert leafcutter ant Acromyrmex versicolor

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Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology

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          Biological robustness.

          Robustness is a ubiquitously observed property of biological systems. It is considered to be a fundamental feature of complex evolvable systems. It is attained by several underlying principles that are universal to both biological organisms and sophisticated engineering systems. Robustness facilitates evolvability and robust traits are often selected by evolution. Such a mutually beneficial process is made possible by specific architectural features observed in robust systems. But there are trade-offs between robustness, fragility, performance and resource demands, which explain system behaviour, including the patterns of failure. Insights into inherent properties of robust systems will provide us with a better understanding of complex diseases and a guiding principle for therapy design.
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            Journal
            Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
            Behav Ecol Sociobiol
            Springer Nature
            0340-5443
            1432-0762
            January 2014
            September 2013
            : 68
            : 1
            : 163-171
            10.1007/s00265-013-1632-4
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