Literature request

Here’s a humble request of my readers. I’m looking for an article in a journal to which my university library does not offer online access. I’m interested in reading it, but not so interested that I’m wililng to pay the $40 to download it. If necessary, I can get it via interlibrary loan, but they’ll just send me a poorly photocopied hard copy, possibly even a FAX. The article on evolution and cancer; so you can see why I might be interested. This is the article:

B. J. Crespi and Summers, K. Positive selection in the evolution of cancer. Biol Rev Camb Philos Soc. 81(3):407-24 (2006).

Would anyone have online access to this article, and be willing to e-mail me a PDF?

Many thanks in advance. Who knows? In addition to its perhaps giving me ideas for my research, I may even be able to turn some of the material into another post in my Medicine and Evolution series.


  1. #1 Andrea
    August 11, 2006


  2. #2 Gabe
    August 11, 2006

    Sorry. No luck here.

  3. #3 Shelley Batts
    August 11, 2006

    Orac, you can always email me directly with a paper request, if you need it. I have 24 hr access (even offsite) to just about everything.

  4. #4 Amy Alkon
    August 11, 2006

    Suggest going to the prof’s Web page and e-mailing to ask for a PDF. I do it – perhaps I get more “courtesy” granted to me because I need studies for possible mention in my column, but if you ask nicely, I bet the prof or researcher would send it to you.

  5. #5 wm
    August 11, 2006

    I’m interested in hearing the new Robbie Williams CD, but not so intrested that am not willing to pay $20 for it. Can someone please copy it and send it to me?

    Did someone say “copyright”?

  6. #6 Janne
    August 12, 2006

    You’ll usually find any paper online on one of the authors’ website. And if not, as Amy says it’s a good idea to email the corresponding author – they’re usually just happy that someone is interested in their work.

  7. #7 Sergey Romanov
    August 12, 2006


    Orac, JFYI, this site:

    which appears on your blogroll, is by “Gregory Douglas”.


    “… Karl Kolcheck,[34] …


    [34] This name is given as the author of an article about, which is almost identical with the one posted at, but in this case, the author is G. Douglas.”

    ( )

    The article indeed appeared under a different title under Douglas’ name at

  8. #8 Bartholomew Cubbins
    August 12, 2006

    WM – the real crime is the music you like.

    /funny as hell

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