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  1. Gary A Strobel

Published Online: 19 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0001917



How to Cite

Strobel, G. A. 2001. Taxol. eLS. .

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  1. Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2001


Taxol is one of the world's most effective anticancer drugs. This drug is the product of the yew tree and some of its associated endophytic microorganisms. It is used to treat several cancers including tumours of the breast, ovary, and lung. It may serve as an example of how other anticancer drugs may be discovered.


  • Taxus;
  • cancer;
  • tubulin;
  • endophytes