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Department of Science

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Dr. Bergerson


This study examines how three dietary supplements—resveratrol, gentisic acid, and flaxseed oil—affect the growth of HeLa cells. Resveratrol was predicted to have a more significant inhibitory effect on HeLa cell proliferation than the other test substances. HeLa cells were expanded in T-25 flasks and treated in triplicate within 96 well plates with various supplement variables. The findings demonstrated that resveratrol promoted cell proliferation while gentisic acid and flaxseed oil treatment significantly reduced the viability of HeLa cells. The findings suggest that, in contrast to the hypothesis, resveratrol may not have much of an impact on reducing HeLa cell proliferation. HeLa cell proliferation was significantly reduced by gentisic acid, supporting the possibility that it has anticancer properties. Notably, flaxseed oil demonstrated the most promising results in slowing the growth of HeLa cells, indicating its potential as a potent anticancer agent. Further research is necessary to understand the mechanisms underlying the effects of these agents on the proliferation of HeLa cells. More research is required to investigate these effects' mechanisms and confirm their potential clinical applications. Overall, the results of this study may have a big impact on creating new treatments for diseases like cancer.


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