Fruits of Autumn – Taxus

So it was bound to happen – that my interest in natural products chemistry would shine through in my posts here! During a walk this past weekend I came across a Taxus tree – Taxus baccata L. (see photo). The needles of this tree contains a precursor to the compound Paclitaxel, which is used to treat ovarian cancer.   

Taxus baccata

The conditions for macro photography was very poor that day, so I brought a branch home.

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~ by lsaaby on November 2, 2009.

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