PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — A team of Washington State University researchers is hoping to take a bite out of the gluten-free market by creating a variety of wheat with disease-fighting enymzes baked into foods.
The researchers, working with colleagues across the globe, published their findings last month in the journal Functional & Integrative Genomics.
Their genetically modified wheat is intended to assist the estimated 3 million Americans living with celiac disease, a condition that causes the body’s immune system to attack the digestive track when gluten is eaten.
The Spokesman-Review reports the disease has been linked to a greater risk of serious health problems, including malnutrition, diabetes and colon cancer.
Putting the enzymes inside the wheat is intended to create a sort of firewall that stops that attack from occurring.