Western Yew

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Nature provides us with many molecules that can help humans fight disease. The bark of the Pacific yew contains paclitaxel (brand name Taxol), a drug that is used to treat ovarian cancer. It is important to protect our world’s biodiversity so scientists can continue to discover these kinds of compounds. Photo: Flickr user brewbooks

Western yew tree contains taxol, which is used to fight ovarian cancer.

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About the author: Francesca Grifo is an expert on political interference in science and practices to ensure transparency and integrity at the intersection of science and policy. In addition, Dr. Grifo has more than 30 years of experience in environmental issues including biodiversity conservation, environmental education and global change and human health. She holds a Ph.D. in botany. Subscribe to Francesca's posts

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