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Survivors Credit Northwest Tree in Cancer Battle, Look for Protections

April 26, 2010

PORTLAND, Ore. - Earth Day celebrations were held around Oregon and the nation over the weekend, and one woman spent the week thanking "nature's pharmacy," specifically one type of Northwestern tree, for helping her survive breast cancer. Jeanette Vagnozzi credits a medicine derived from the Pacific Yew tree for her recovery. She's part of a group of chronic disease survivors pushing federal lawmakers to protect threatened ecosystems where plants and animals that produce life-saving drugs can be found.

"Without these drugs, chances are I might not be here today. And it's very important to me that we preserve the places in this world where the next cure is coming from."

Half of the pharmaceutical drugs prescribed over the last 25 years were developed from plants and animals in threatened natural habitats. Scientists say the current rate of destruction for the world's rain forests and coral reefs will result in the loss of one major new drug every two years.

Jeff Wise, director of global conservation for the Pew Charitable Trusts, says drugs in the future will depend on what we find from nature.

"Only something like one percent of all species has ever been cataloged and studied; so, when you think, we just don't know what's out there."

Congress is considering a bill that would establish a global effort to aid developing countries in protecting their environment.

Eric Mack, Public News Service - OR