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Tumor-Killer Made; How Does It Work?

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Science  20 Dec 1996:
Vol. 274, Issue 5295, pp. 2009
DOI: 10.1126/science.274.5295.2009


Two groups have synthesized a bacterial compound known as Epothilone A, which kills cultured tumor cells in a manner similar to taxol, thwarting their ability to divide. The achievement will let chemists alter the compound's structure and possibly improve its properties.