|MadSci Network: Cell Biology|
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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