Worms Can Let Celiac Sufferers Enjoy Pasta
Australian researchers have achieved ground-breaking results in a clinical trial using hookworms to reduce the symptoms of celiac disease. The results are also good news for sufferers of other inflammatory conditions such as asthma and Crohn’s disease.
In the small trial run over a year, 12 participants were each experimentally infected with 20 Necator americanus (hookworm) larvae. They were then given gradually increasing doses of gluten – beginning with just one-tenth of a gram per day (the equivalent of a two-centimeter segment of spaghetti) and increasing in two further stages to a final daily dose of three grams (75 spaghetti straws).
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Biomass Research Project Can Create ‘Super Spaghetti’
Univ. of Adelaide researchers are working with colleagues in Italy to produce better quality pasta that also adds greater value to human health.
Two research projects- being conducted by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls at the university’s Waite Campus- will start next month in collaboration with researchers from the Italian universities of Bari and Molise. The aim of the ARC Centre of Excellence is to look at the fundamental role of cell walls (biomass) in plants and discover how they can be better utilized. Both of these new projects will investigate key aspects of the cell walls in durum wheat, which is commonly used for making pasta.
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