is a chemotherapeutic agent that is currently prescribed worldwide to treat
the most aggressive forms of ovarian, lung and breast cancer, as well as AIDS
related Kaposi's sarcoma. Paclitaxel belongs to the chemical group known as
taxanes, a family of molecules found in various natural sources. Paclitaxel is
considered by the scientific and medical community as a 'first line of
defense' in the treatment of cancer. In 1992, both the American and Canadian
National Cancer Institutes called paclitaxel "the most important new drug we
have had for cancer treatment in the last 15 years".