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Why is fetus at risk if folate (folic acid) deficiency?
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Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
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In brief: Folate (folic acid)
Folate is a co-factor used in cellular division.
If there is a deficiency of folic acid, cells won't be able to divide properly. The net result is fewer cells. In a developing human this is associated with neural tube defects and cardiac defects.

In brief: Folate (folic acid)
Folate is a co-factor used in cellular division.
If there is a deficiency of folic acid, cells won't be able to divide properly. The net result is fewer cells. In a developing human this is associated with neural tube defects and cardiac defects.
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