Scientist Create Genetically Engineered Wheat With Lower Gluten Levels

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Scientist from the Institute for Sustainable Agriculture in Cordoba Spain have genetically engineered wheat with lower gluten levels. The scientist used CRISPR to knockout 35 of the 45 copies of genes responsible for producing the main gliadin that is a problem for persons with celiac disease.

The wheat cannot be used to make loaf bread due to low gluten levels, but can be used to make baguettes and rolls. Early testing with celiac disease patients in Mexico and Spain has been promising.

Read more here at New Scientist.

The journal article is available here. (full article)

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Photo of Keith Edmisten, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Keith EdmistenProfessor of Crop Science & Extension Cotton Specialist (919) 515-4069 keith_edmisten@ncsu.eduCrop & Soil Sciences - NC State University
Posted on Oct 10, 2017
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