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By Rachel Nowak in Melbourne INFECTION with a rotavirus, the commonest cause of gastro-enteritis in children, may lead to childhood diabetes. Although this suggests that rotavirus vaccines could help prevent diabetes, it also raises fears that the vaccines themselves could trigger the disease. Australian researchers discovered the link after a six-year study of 54 babies. “It’s the most important piece of work I’ve heard of in a long time,” says diabetes researcher Glenys Thomson at the University of Berkeley in California. “The evidence so far is looking very good.” Unlike type II diabetes (see p 10),
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