Pacific yew tree, the source of taxol

Pacific yew tree, the source of taxol

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Credit: ALAN SIRULNIKOFF/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Pacific yew tree (Taxus brevifolia), the source of the anticancer drug taxol. This drug is isolated from the bark of this tree. Chemotherapy using taxol has a high success rate against breast and ovarian cancers. The Pacific, or western, yew grows along the north-western coast of North America. Photographed in British Columbia, Canada.

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Keywords: anticancer drug, botany, british columbia, canada, canadian, chemotherapy, nature, pacific, plant, plants, source, taxol, taxus brevifolia, tree, western, yew

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