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Cancer Cure or Conservation
A Question of Health for Humans and the Ecosystem
Pauline A. Lizotte
Gretchen E. Knapp
This case is based on the controversy that surrounded harvesting of the Pacific yew from 1989 to 1997 to develop paclitaxel (Taxol), a revolutionary anti-cancer drug. The case was designed to expose students to basic conservation biology concepts by examining competing needs among scientists and other stakeholders in a real-life science-and-society scenario. Developed for a undergraduate introductory biology course for non-majors, the case could also be used in an environmental science course or in a course on the impact of science and technology on society.
|Keywords:||Taxol; paclitaxel; Taxus brevifolia; T. brevifolia; anti-cancer drug; bioprospecting; bio-prospecting; drug development; Pacific Northwest ecosystem; ethnobotany; Pacific Yew Act of 1992; Quinault|
|Topical Area:||Ethics, Policy issues, Social issues|
|Educational Level:||High school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division|
|Subject Headings:||Environmental Science Botany / Plant Science Biology (General) Natural Resource Management|
|Copyright:||Copyright held by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Please see our usage guidelines, which outline our policy concerning permissible reproduction of this work.|
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