Nutty and fungi-ble taxol sources

By Janet Raloff, 15:47 PM April 15, 2008

From San Francisco, at the spring national meeting of the American Chemical Society

Scouting for chemical clues to the puzzle of why eastern filbert blight hits some hazelnut cultivars harder than others, Angela M. Hoffman and her colleagues at the University of Portland in Oregon made a startling discovery. The most resistant trees are making paclitaxel, the active ingredient in the anticancer drug taxol. The trees also produce a host of related taxanes that chemists can convert into the pha...

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