Recently I requested Dan Graur’s book (“Molecular and Genome Evolution”) through interlibrary loan (ILL). Little did I realize that I took away the only copy available in the US university libraries. For proof, I attach this request slip hidden inside. My copy came from Reed College, which is not far from where I live, but look where else it went to. The request slip shows that someone from Harvard University borrowed the same copy through ILL. Given the distance between Harvard (east coast) and Reed College (west coast), I came to the conclusion that no other copy was available in any library in between.
This is unfortunate, because Graur’s book is the best place to go to (apart from digging through papers) to understand genome architecture in an era, when everyone is trying to make sense of the genomes. Therefore, I decided to purchase my own copy before the book goes extinct !! My plan is to cover various concepts on genome evolution in the Expert section with complete code so that the researchers can quickly get started.