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New Study Reveals Second Gene For Celiac Disease

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Here is an excerpt from the University of Dublin, July 07. I was excited to read it! Anyone know more or is this brand new?

"A new study which involves joint efforts of researchers in UK, Holland and Trinity College Dublin has resulted in the identification of a new genetic association of coeliac disease with the immune-related IL-2 and IL-21 genes. This study provides the first clear evidence of a second gene for coeliac disease. Trinity researchers Dr Ross McManus, Prof Con Feighery and Prof Dermot Kelleher contributed to this work which now permits new insights into the mechanism of the disease.

Patients with coeliac disease cannot eat bread, pasta and other wheat containing foods. Understanding of the mechanism of disease could pave the way to new ways of treating this condition.

This is a very exciting development that should offer a new level of insight into this common and debilitating condition. More work will be required to track down the exact gene involved. However it shows the value of new genetic research methods in tackling these sorts of diseases and offers hope to the many patients involved in the study that progress can be made in understanding and treating the disease"

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That is great! I hope the results of this study become common knowledge soon, and will be accepted over here as well (could take many years, unfortunately).

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