Folate, or Vitamin B9, is a water-soluble member of the twelve B vitamins, which plays a vital role in DNA synthesis and gene expression. Low Vitamin B levels can result in anemia. Pregnant women in particular should be mindful of their status: vitamin B deficiency can cause neurodevelopmental defects in their fetuses.

In this paper, investigators found a few genetic variants that influence vitamin B6 and B12 concentrations. No genetic loci was found to have a statistically significant influence on folate concentrations, but the paper nevertheless suggests a linkage between genotypes and B vitamins in the body. Learn more here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19303062

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