Could we engineer humans so that Vitamin C is no longer a Vitamin?

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Most species of animals can synthesise their own Abscorbic Acid (Vitamin C); it plays a major role in maintaining collagen in skin, wound healing, and spine maintenance. In fact, everything that falls apart in the disease "scurvy".

However, humans and most primates have a corrupted genetic pathway to synthesise Abscorbic Acid. This makes it a "Vital Amine" or "Vitamin" in the human diet.

Could we restore the genetic pathway to produce Abscorbic acid, making "Vitamin C" no longer a "Vitamin"?

As a side-benefit, continuous high levels of this antioxidant may reduce the incidence of cancer.