The Tale of Taxol
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The Scientist and the Yew Tree

Molecular pharmacologist Susan Band Horwitz realized there was something special about a small molecule found in a tree's bark. Her work helped bring the drug Taxol to millions of cancer patients.

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By Kevin Begos

The Tale of Taxol

Susan Band Horwitz helped bring a cancer drug used to treat millions to market

By Kevin Begos


Molecular pharmacologist Susan Band Horwitz recognized the therapeutic potential of a poison found in the Pacific yew tree. Her work helped bring a drug to market that has been used to treat millions of people with cancer.

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