Research work has been initiated towards the development of wheat strains that are gluten free. At this point scientists have been able to develop low and high gluten varieties of cereal grains. Genetic engineering will have a key role to play in this aspect.
Gluten testing/detecting kits are available overseas with which one can test the presence of gluten in a particular food at home.
Celiac Society for Delhi has plans to approach the food technologists to develop such gluten detecting kits for the Indian population.
Genetic counselling can also has a major role to play in diagnosing high-risk individuals with familial history of Celiac Disease and other associated disorders.
News on Oats safety
The safety of oats in individuals with Celiac Disease have been extensively investigated. Clinical evidence confirms that consumption of pure, uncontaminated oats is safe.
However, a small number of individuals with Celiac Disease may not tolerate even pure, uncontaminated oats. To ensure that persons with celiac disease are not intolerant to pure and uncontaminated oats, proper clinical follow up with the physician is advised when introducing oats to a gluten-free diet. (Source: Position statement on Oats, Canadian Celiac Association, March 13th, 2006)