UPSC General Studies Sample Paper General Studies Sample Paper-1

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    Which of the following statements is correct regarding the Himalayan Yew?

    A)  Bird species known for its long beautiful white feathers

    B)  A sub-species of owl which is bigger in size than any other owl species in the world

    C)  A medicinal plant known from which world famous anti-cancer drug is produced

    D)  None of the above

    Correct Answer: C

    Solution :

    [c] The Himalayan Yew (Taxus wallichiana) is a medicinal plant found in various parts of Himachal Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh. A chemical compound called 'taxol' is extracted from the bark, needles, twigs and roots of this tree and it has been successfully used to treat some cancers the drug is now the biggest selling anti-cancer drug in the world. The species is under great threat due to overexploitation. In the last one decade, thousands of Yew trees have dried up in various parts of Himachal Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh,

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