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Some goals of lactose intolerance research are to find out if new treatments are safe and effective, and to answer important questions about the condition. For example, research scientists have identified a genetic link for lactose intolerance. This discovery may be useful in developing a diagnostic test to identify people with the condition.

An Overview of Lactose Intolerance Research

Doctors and scientists all over the country are conducting lactose intolerance research. Lactose intolerance research studies are designed to answer important questions and find out if new approaches are safe and effective. Lactose intolerance research has already led to many advances.
 

Current Areas of Focus in Lactose Intolerance Research

Lactose intolerance research scientists have identified a genetic link for lactose intolerance. Some people are born with a likelihood of developing primary lactase deficiency because it has been passed to them genetically (inherited from their parents). This discovery may be useful in developing a diagnostic test to identify people with lactose intolerance.
 

Possible Participation Benefits of Lactose Intolerance Research

In order for lactose intolerance research to be conducted, volunteers are needed. Patients who join lactose intolerance research studies have the first chance to benefit from treatments that have shown promise in earlier research. They also make an important contribution to medical science by helping doctors learn more about lactose intolerance. Although lactose intolerance research trials may pose some risks, researchers take very careful steps to protect their patients.
 
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