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Pacific yew tree, the source of taxol

Pacific yew tree, the source of taxol

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ALAN SIRULNIKOFF / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY 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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