Taxus baccata

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Synonyms for Taxus baccata

predominant yew in Europe

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Pacific yews are the best source for taxol, although taxol is present in European yews and other yews around the world.
Taxotere, a drug derived from the needles of the European yew tree, has shown promise in fighting cancer.
Taxotere is synthesized from 10-deacetyl baccatin III, a taxol precursor extracted from the leaves of the European yew tree.
Eight years ago, Pierre Potier, an organic chemist with the Institute of the Chemistry of Natural Substances in Gifsur-Yvette, France, found that the leaves of the European yew contain a compound that closely resembles taxol's three-ring core.
Then a French pharmaceutical company, Rhone-Poulenc Rorer conducted trials on the European yew and found a compound from clippings could be synthesised into a Taxol-like substance.
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