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Jul 3, 2014 7:18 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Researchers identify genes that increase child's risk for Celiac disease

Researchers have identified genes that increase a child's risk for Celiac disease.

Celiac disease occurs when the immune system reacts to gluten, so people with the illness try to avoid the wheat protein.

Past studies singled out two gene groups that seemed to be linked to the illness.

Researchers studied more than 6,000 newborns who had either of the two genes.

A quarter of the children who had both developed symptoms of Celiac by age five. 12 percent fully developed the disease.

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