Taxus brevifolia

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Taxus brevifolia

[‚tak·səs ‚brev·i′fō·lē·ə]
(botany)
The Pacific yew tree, from which the anticancer compound taxol is derived.
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Yew continues to have many uses today, although European yew and Pacific yew are in limited supply.
The Pacific yew was one of these and is now a "celebrity" because one of its extractives, taxol, may be useful in treating ovarian cancer.
Awonder drug made from the bark of the Pacific Yew tree could be used to treat heart disease.
The new 13,000-acre wilderness includes four hiking trails, gushing waterfalls, Opal Pool, and long-lived hemlock, Douglas fir, and Pacific yew.
Bark from the evergreen Pacific yew tree is being used as a major weapon to combat ovarian cancer.
In the 1980s scientists discovered that the chemical taxol, extracted from the bark of Pacific Yew trees, could be used in the battle against ovarian cancer.
Discovered in the bark of the Pacific yew tree, taxol has produced "a new stimulus to screen plants" for useful drugs, says Georg Anders-Schonberg, executive director for natural products chemistry at Merck Sharp & Dohme Research Laboratories, Rahway, NJ.
And in the meantime, will there be a run on the natural source, as there was on the Pacific yew tree, a source of a cancer drug (see SW 4/17/92, p.
Taxol, a drug made from the bark of the Pacific yew tree, may be the most important cancer medicine yet.
Using biotechnology, Keasling's team also has plans to make and produce the anticancer drug Taxol, which is a product of the Pacific yew tree.
She points out the Pacific yew and the chinquapins that stand solo, fighting for their little piece of the forest.
The expedition would collect and describe Pacific yew and prairie rose, and even that home remedy rage of our age, Echinacea angustifolia, or purple coneflower.

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