Why do some people develop celiac disease and others don't? We know there is a genetic component with the HLA genes and some environmental factors, but to date, researchers are still unclear why exactly the disease develops. To help dive into this topic, we have Dr. Maureen Leonard, the clinical director for the Center for Celiac Research and Treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital in the studio. Dr. Leonard is leading a team of researchers as they investigate how our genetics and environmental factors affect the development celiac disease in hopes of predicting who will get the disease…and they’re doing it by looking at babies.
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