- Jonathan Patz / Marjorie Share
EcoHealth – www.ecohealth101.org
Human-made chemicals do provide countless medicines. But even the best scientists, working the most powerful computers and large databases, cannot create medicines whose chemicals are as complex as those that nature designs. Nature does things, furthermore, in ways that humans can’t imagine-or replicate. One example is paclitaxel, a chemical that fights many types of serious cancers. It comes from the Pacific Yew tree and kills cancerous cells by making them too rigid to reproduce. Before they started studying chemicals from the Pacific Yew, scientists had never even thought of trying to kill cancer cells in this manner.
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