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Kansas Farmers Fund Research To Solve The Gluten Puzzle

March 24, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
A Kansas research project hopes to identify the substance in wheat’s DNA that triggers the painful immune system response experienced by people with celiac disease. The Kansas Wheat Commission has authorized $200,000 for the first two years of the project, the ultimate goal mof which is to develop a variety of wheat whose gluten does not damage the small intestine of celiac sufferers. Gluten allergy is experienced by only a tiny percentage of people, but it has triggered a gluten-free industry already worth a billion dollars in the U.S.
Roxana Hegeman , "Amber waves of gluten-free grain?", Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho), March 24, 2015, © The Lewiston Tribune
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