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A species of Himalayan yew tree used to produce the cancer medication Taxol is almost extinct, reports the Guardian's Hanna Gersmann and Jessica Aldred. The tree has been over-harvested for medicinal use and for use as fuel, experts say. It has now been added to the International Union for Conservation of Nature's "red list" of endangered species," Gersmann and Aldred add.

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