Cancer drug came from traditional Chinese medicine

Excerpt from the August 20, 1966 issue of Science News

Camptotheca acuminate

HAPPY TREE  Doctors use synthetic versions of a compound derived from a rare tree — Camptotheca acuminata, used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine — to treat cancer.

潘立傑 LiChieh Pan/flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

This article is only available to Science News subscribers.

Subscribers, enter your e-mail address to access our archives.

Not a subscriber?

Science News is a nonprofit.

Support us by subscribing now.

More Stories from Science News on Science & Society

From the Nature Index

Paid Content