New research has found a link between a common virus and celiac disease.
“The potential mechanism is that when gluten is introduced right at the time that an asymptomatic reovirus infection is taking hold, that causes the immune system to treat the gluten as foreign, eliciting an immune response against it.”
The study was published in the journal Science.
The research could be helpful in developing a vaccine that would prevent reovirus infections and possibly stop celiac disease from developing in children. (There aren’t currently any human vaccines against reoviruses.)