MadSci Network: Cell Biology

Re: How does nutrition affect mitosis, including the rate of mitosis?

Date: Mon Apr 14 15:41:08 2003
Posted By: Gil Stoewsand, Faculty, Food Science & Technology, Cornell University
Area of science: Cell Biology
ID: 1047440851.Cb

Malnutrition can seriously affects cell division. Indeed,  gestation, 
involving rapid cell division and organ development, creates a 
nutritionally demanding period. The developing fetus, especially 
studied in pregnant women, requires a source of B-vitamins for initial 
normal cell division that is going on at an increased rate. Vitamin B12 
plays a role in cell division and protein synthesis iincluding the 
synthesis of RNA and DNA. Folacin plays a vital role in cell division, 
cell reproduction and neural development. More information can be 
obtained from the National Academy of Science, Washington D.C. on 
this entire topic.

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