Cancer Cure or Conservation

TitleCancer Cure or Conservation
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsLizotte, PA, Knapp, GE
Corporate AuthorsManchester Community College, Mathematics, Science and Health Careers,, Illinois State University, Biology Department,
Date Published08/2003
PublisherNational Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo
Publication Languageeng
Keywordsanti-cancer , bio-prospecting , BIOLOGY , BIOPROSPECTING , BUSINESS ethics , Drug , ENVIRONMENTAL ethics , Environmental Sciences , Ethnobotany , Pacific , paclitaxel , Quinault , Social Justice , T. , Taxol , Taxus
AbstractThis 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.
Abbreviated Case NameCancer Cure or Conservation
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