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Prometheus Launches MyCeliacID(TM), the First Do it Yourself, Saliva-Based Genetic Test Dedicated to Celiac Disease
Date:6/29/2009

nly a doctor can diagnose celiac disease.

"When my son Tyler was diagnosed in 1991, genetic testing for celiac disease wasn't available," said Danna Korn, founder of Raising Our Celiac Kids (ROCK) and author of four best-selling books, including Living Gluten-Free for Dummies. "It took two frustrating years of searching for answers and for the cause of my son's symptoms. Today, with MyCeliacID, you can quickly find out if you or a loved one has the genes for celiac disease."

MyCeliacID is available online. A licensed physician will review and place the order in accordance with state and federal law after a test request is made online. In addition, after the testing is performed, the physician will review and release the result. Test results can be accessed online via a secure link, usually within 7 days from receipt of the saliva sample.

About Celiac

Celiac disease is an immune-mediated digestive disease that is triggered by the consumption of gluten and damages the small intestine, interfering with the absorption of nutrients from food. Symptoms of celiac disease may vary significantly from person to person and include, but are not limited to, diarrhea, anemia, abdominal pain, skin rash and weight loss. The number of diagnosed patients is expected to increase significantly over the next several years, driven by broad-based educational campaigns, National Institutes of Health research funding and widely-available genetic and blood tests for highly-specific antibodies.

About Prometheus

Prometheus Laboratories Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical and diagnostic company committed to developing and commercializing novel pharmaceutical and diagnostic products to help physicians individualize patient care. Prometheus is a leader in applying the principles of personalized medicine to the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal diseases and intends to
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