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Title: Nature is a rich source of medicine - if we can protect it
Author(s): Piper, Ross
Kagansky, Alexander
Malone, John
Bunnefeld, Nils
Jenkins, Rob
Keywords: Cancer
medical research
type 2 diabetes
natural medicine
Parkinson's disease
Issue Date: 13-Dec-2018
Publisher: The Conversation Trust
Citation: Piper R, Kagansky A, Malone J, Bunnefeld N & Jenkins R (2018) Nature is a rich source of medicine - if we can protect it. The Conversation. 13.12.2018.
Abstract: First paragraph: The Pacific yew tree is a fairly small and slow growing conifer native to the Pacific Northwest. The Gila monster is a lizard with striking orange and black markings from the drylands of the Southwestern US and Mexico. Two very different organisms, but with a fascinating connection. They've both given us drugs that have saved and improved the lives of millions of people. Paclitaxel, originally isolated in 1971 from the bark of the Pacific Yew tree, is so important for treating various cancers that it is one of the World Health Organisation’s "Essential Medicines". This compound has been studied in more than 3,000 clinical trials. It's safe and effective and it generates sales of around US$80-100m per year.
Type: Newspaper/Magazine Article
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Affiliation: University of Leeds
University of Edinburgh
University of Connecticut
Biological and Environmental Sciences
University of York

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