Developments from a Beneficial Bark

Science  11 May 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5519, pp. 1073-1074
DOI: 10.1126/science.1058201

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The Story of Taxol Nature and Politics in the Pursuit of an Anti-cancer Drug. Jordan Goodman and Vivien Walsh. Cambridge University Press, New York, 2001. 296 pp. $27.95, £18.95. ISBN 0-521-56123-X

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