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Union-Endicott High School Junior studies Gluten Intolerance at Cornell
Thursday, October 22, 2015 6:49 PM EDT
By Alex Howard
Pearlanna Zapotoky, a junior at Union Endicott High School, had the academic opportunity of a lifetime. Pearlanna spent this past summer working at Cornell University under the guidance of Dr. David Katz, studying the effects of gliadin on Caco-2 cells, the reaction that causes an allergy or intolerance to gluten.
Gliadin, an essential component for giving bread the ability to rise properly during baking, is very difficult to isolate for scientific study.
This is an opportunity that few researchers, let alone a high school student, can have. With Ivy League Professors spearheading the study, they hope that this research could have a greater impact on either curing or finding a solution to gluten intolerance in the future.
Pearlanna stated, "I'd love to go into gastroenterology, I don't know how far it will take me, whether it will be in a lab or in a hospital, but it interests me."