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    Fast, Accurate Portable Gluten Sensor in Development

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    Celiac.com 06/26/2014 - Imagine being able to go to a party, or a restaurant, and test any food on your plate for gluten.

    Photo: CC--Wikimedia Commons--skatebikerA company called 6SensorLabs is developing a gluten sensor based on existing protein sensing technology that is already commercially available and proven to work. The company is looking to design a gluten test that can be used with all types of food.

    The portable test would work by placing a sample of food would be placed in a disposable pod and placing the pod in a sensor.

    Once activated, the device would tell you, in two minutes or less, if the food sample contained any gluten over the FDA standard of 20 ppm gluten or more.

    The sensor could also be used to detect gluten in any packaged foods.

    The sensor is designed to test a specific section of food on your plate, or a sauce, soup or liquid. It would not be able to detect traces of gluten that might be hiding somewhere else on your plate.

    While the product would have its limits in this respect, it would give users the ability to detect gluten in many cases.

    Would you want such a tool? Would it be helpful for you?


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    We'd be very interested, so our teen could have a device to carry. From a reality standpoint, 2 min seems like a long time when hanging out with friends in a restaurant, or in a pot luck line. Financially, this would have to be affordable. As much as we'd like to say, "any price would be worth it," the truth is, it's easier to avoid some places and foods than to fork over money we don't have--especially in the beginning when it's accuracy may not be trusted, and when a teen may not feel comfortable using it in front of friends. Great concept though! Hope it makes it quickly through the developmental stages.

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    If it's no larger than a small cell phone, uses AA or AAA batteries, is silent and odorless, costs no more than a hundred dollars, and if the disposable pods are no more than three dollars apiece, I'd be interested. If it had more quantification-- 5, 10, 15, 20, >20 ppm-- I'd be more interested. It would have to handle rye and barley "glutens" as well as that from wheat.

    Yes bring it on, this would be a game changer!

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    Yes! Please make it affordable, portable, accurate - we are already being ROBBED because of the high costs of gluten-free food. We would buy one in a heartbeat if it is affordable, reusable and can sample "every" food item on the plate.

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    I would certainly buy it. I was just "glutened" at one of my tried and true restaurants just a few days ago.

    Not to mention, it would be a huge help when traveling.

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    Jefferson Adams is Celiac.com's senior writer and Digital Content Director. He earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,000 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in science, scientific methodology, biology, anatomy, medicine, logic, and advanced research. He previously served as SF Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.

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