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We -- in yet another spectacular.
Green house at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx.
At their wild medicine exhibit which is sponsored by Pfizer.
I am with doctor Jim Miller who is the vice president science for the botanical garden.
And we are looking at different medicinal plants and right now we're focusing on the Pacific you.
The source of Taxol -- -- a therapeutic drugs.
Yes so tell us a little bit about this I mean this looks like a little baby Christmas treated me.
Com it's that it's a member of the same group of plants that we grow as common evergreen -- plants.
Our foundation plants around our own this Japanese use OK and on.
This particular species -- northern California and British Columbia along West Coast -- the United States and Canada.
And as you say it's it's the source of -- -- which was discovered by.
Team of scientists that you -- in North Carolina in the late 1960s.
But it was an example.
Of how much effort goes into actually turning -- bio active compound.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Yep pretty close to thirty years so what cause researchers to first start investigating the Pacific view in the first place.
It came to the United States national cancer institute's.
Drug development program on the 1960.
And as part of that program.
They were collecting part plants in many parts of the world and this plant was serendipity we collected is the last -- of the day.
And it was sort of like should we collect -- we're not oh -- go ahead and the sample proved very active in the screens that they were using we evaluate plant extracts and then folks at the university North Carolina isolated compound.
This compound really is something very special -- of regal.
Concern in the beginning about whether this compound could actually be produced in the quantity that would be needed if it became an important anti cancer drug.
It has become important drug for the treatment of right -- many if so how is that an accomplished.
On most of the tax -- -- -- semi synthetic we need a manufactured.
From much more com.
Common compounds that are structurally similar enough that our -- -- Byproduct of her in time production and of course we would've never known about this wonderful -- cancer drug.
And no out and make it if we didn't find the original compound in this -- Here at the New York Botanical Garden.
At the wild medicine exhibit I'm Chris kill them for Fox News now.
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