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Celiac disease vaccine may make gluten-free diet a thing of the past

Celiac disease vaccine may make gluten-free diet a thing of the past

People with celiac disease must follow a very restrictive diet, but an experimental vaccine may offer many of them the freedom to eat more normally.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder. If someone with the disease eats gluten — a protein found in wheat, barley and rye — it can damage the small intestine.

The vaccine, dubbed Nexvax2, is designed to elicit an immune system response in about 90 percent of people with celiac disease — specifically those who carry a gene that allows their immune system to "see" the vaccine.

"People with celiac disease often are afraid of food. Nexvax2 will give them freedom to be able to live life and not be afraid of...

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