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So it’s Coeliac Awareness Week, which makes it rather fitting that scientists have just made a breakthrough in understanding the trigger that makes a patient’s body recognise gluten as a foreign substance and launch an immune response. Interestingly, they used a synchrotron to do so to look at the atomic interaction between the surface of the T-cell and the gluten protein. Good news then, not only for the rapidly growing number of people being diagnosed with this complex disease, but equally for the half-million of us who remain undiagnosed! Not that it’s a new disease – recently archaeological remains proved a girl had suffered with coeliac disease over 2,000 years ago. Seems about time you Medics, Biochemists, Biomedical Scientists and Natural Scientists helped with the development of a vaccine or cure. 

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