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Beyond Celiac Grants $160K for Transcriptomics Pilot Study

NEW YORK – Non-profit research foundation Beyond Celiac has awarded a two-year grant worth up to $160,000 to collect preliminary data on RNA biomarkers associated with inflammation caused by gluten. 

The award will go to Jocelyn Silvester, director of research for the Celiac Disease Program at Children's Hospital Boston, and will fund transcriptomic analysis of intestinal biopsies to find genes correlated with inflammation.

"The scientific world is looking at celiac disease as part of the broader autoimmune disease spectrum, and progress is being made as a result," Alice Bast, CEO of Beyond Celiac, said in a statement. "At Beyond Celiac, we remain committed to our mission of advancing research with an international scope and supporting scientists who study immunological diseases."

The Scan

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Slow Start

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Genome Research Papers on Cancer Chromatin, Splicing in the Thymus, Circular RNAs in Cancer

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