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Story of Taxol Nature and Politics in the Pursuit of an Anti-Cancer Drug

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ISBN-10: 0521032504

ISBN-13: 9780521032506

Edition: N/A

Authors: Jordan Goodman, Vivien Walsh

List price: $46.95
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Taxol is arguably the most celebrated, talked-about and controversial natural product in recent years. It is celebrated because of its efficacy as an anti-cancer drug and because its discovery has provided powerful support for policies concerned with biodiversity; talked about because in the late 1980s and early 1990s the American public was bombarded with news reports and special programmes about the molecule and its host, the Pacific yew; and controversial because during the early 1990s the drug and the tree became embroiled in a number of very sensitive political issues with wide implications for the conduct of public policy. The Story of Taxol tells this story.
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Book details

List price: $46.95
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/23/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 300
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction
Agents
Cancer chemotherapy: plant knowledge and practice
Practices
Act I: 1962-1975
Act II: 1976-1983
Act III: 1984-1989
Controversies
The politics of exclusivity and the business of taxol
The political life (and death) of Taxus Brevifolia
References and bibliography
Index