Why Scurvy Shouldn’t Exist

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Many a joke has been made about scurvy and pirates, but it’s a serious disease caused by a lack of Vitamin C that still affects people around the world today. What’s wild, though, is that it shouldn’t exist – our distant ancestors used to be able to make their own Vitamin C. What happened?

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Sources:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3352212/
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10528-013-9574-0
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https://www.nature.com/scitable/topicpage/the-mystery-of-vitamin-c-14167861

Image Sources:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Collagentriplehelix.png
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:L-Ascorbic_acid.svg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vitamin_C_Biosynthesis_in_Vertebrates.svg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hydroxyl_radical.png
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wasserstoffperoxid.svg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hydroxide_anion_or_hydroxyl_radical_spacefill.png
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hydrogen-peroxide-3D-vdW.png

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