Yes, I read it. Some parts more than once.<quoted text>It's difficult for me to even imagine that you read Sanford's book.
I was especially interested in the subtle twisting of Kimura's research ans assumptions. Also the part where Sanford equates all mutations to point mutations, and where he tries to dismiss gene duplication as an addition of information by a thoroughly bogus method that confuses such duplications with point mutations.
I did actually find it interesting, in that its possible that if the mildly deleterious mutation rate were high enough, his hypothesis would hold! However another researcher in the 70's tackled the same problem and determined that it meant the maximum number of genes had to be around 30,000 or GE would kick in....and what do we find? Virtually all organisms today have less than 30,000 genes!