Genome of wheat, the world’s most common crop, sequenced after 13 years

Ever since scientists first sequenced a living thing’s genome in 1995 — that of the bacteria Haemophilus influenzae — the genomes of hundreds of plants and animal species have been unraveled.

You’d think, then, that wheat would have been early up on that list. After all, it’s the most commonly grown crop in the world. […]

Study: Gluten-free diets don’t entirely protect consumers from gluten

Gluten-free food products have skyrocketed in popularity during recent years, preferred in part by consumers seeking health benefits from gluten-free diets. But there’s also another very important component to the buyer base for gluten-free goods: people with gluten intolerances, wheat allergies and celiac disease.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder, and those who suffer from […]

Science shows non-celiac wheat sensitivity is a real thing

A new study may explain why people who do not have celiac disease or a wheat allergy still experience gastrointestinal and other uncomfortable symptoms after ingesting wheat and related cereals. The findings suggest that these individuals have a weakened intestinal barrier, which leads to a body-wide inflammatory immune response.

“Our study shows that the symptoms […]

Infographic: Food Allergy Awareness Month

May marks Food Allergy Awareness Month and Neogen has developed the below infographic to help you understand the basics of food allergies, which currently affects 1 in every 13 children. Neogen offers screening and quantitative food allergen test kits to detect all major food allergens. For more information,

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Examining gluten-related disorders

Many are unaware there are actually three different gluten-related disorders, as they are commonly used interchangeably. These disorders include celiac disease, wheat allergy, and non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

To understand the differences among these disorders, it’s important to first understand that gluten is a general name for a protein composite found in wheat, barley, and rye. […]