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New Technology Makes It Easy To Test For Celiac Disease

June 6, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Scientists in Europe say they have developed a quick, effective and cheap “lab-on-a-chip” method to test for gluten intolerance, the main characteristic of celiac disease. Gluten is a protein found in wheat flour. The diagnostic and monitoring system will soon be tested in clinical trials in Slovenia and could be available to doctors, hospitals and clinics in Europe and elsewhere within a few years. The system is the result of a convergence of innovative technologies such as microfluidics, nanotechnology and genetic testing. The researchers say the technology can be adapted for use in other autoimmune disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis, spondylitis, thyroiditis, and even cancer.
Ciara O'Sullivan, "A Quick, Cheap, Accurate Test for Gluten Intolerance", News release, CD-Medics project, June 06, 2012, © CORDIS
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