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Farmers Fund Gluten-free Research

Kansas farmers are paying for genetic research to figure out exactly why some people struggle to digest wheat. The hard science is aimed at developing new varieties of wheat. The Kansas Wheat Commission is spending $200,000 for the first two years of the project, which is meant to identify everything in wheat's DNA sequences that can trigger a reaction in people suffering from Celiac disease. 


According to Chris Miller, the project's lead researcher, "If you know you are producing a crop that is not tolerated well by people, then it's the right thing to do. We are hoping to be one of the first to establish this comprehensive screening of reactive proteins in wheat." 


The research began in July at the Wheat Innovation Center in Manhattan, Kansas, and remains in its early stages, with researchers extracting proteins from seeds of various varieties of wheat. A later step will be combining the proteins with antibodies produced by the human immune system to test for reactions. 


To read the full article in Triumph Dining, please click here


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