Will vitamin C improve the IVF?

The Californian scientists Kathryn Blaschke and Kevin Ebata have experimentally proved that vitamin C affects the activity of genes in the stem cells. Watching the reaction of embryonic stem cells of mice, the researchers have concluded that adding vitamin C leads to the increased activity of important enzymes which prevent the work of a group of genes. According to the researchers, this finding may have the most immediate value for IVF because vitamin C "brakes" the impact of "unnecessary" genes in the embryo soon after conception, when the egg and sperm are combining. Finally, this could lead to the use of vitamin C for best results of IVF in which early embryos today are usually grown without vitamin. Frankly, I am always with a cautious attitude to such studies. First, as rightly noted experimenters, our body, in contrast to many animals and plants can not produce their own vitamin C. This means that the only way to know how it reacts - is to Intervene directly in life of the genes and nobody can predict the outcome of this experiment.



Secondly, I am a bit confused with such phrases in the article as "unnecessary genes," "brake the activity" and so on. Researchers say, that to cause such reactions, is the main interest of the experiment. In my opinion, it is more about danger than the interest for humanity. Though it looks pretty harmless: vitamin C, enzymes, in fact it can mean the interference in genome of the human embryo. Before talking about the use of the results of such experiments, during the IVF as well, scientists need to test more than one generation to see whether it will lead to dangerous mutations, when human cells are no longer able to function without interference.