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Virus and gene interaction speed Type 1 diabetes development

Rotavirus can accelerate the development of type 1 diabetes in children by getting rogue immune cells to attack the pancreas, new research in mice suggests.

The findings could help explain a link between type 1 diabetes autoimmunity in children genetically predisposed to the condition, says virologist Associate Professor Barbara Coulson, of the University of Melbourne.

Rotavirus is a major cause of diarrhoea in children which, if untreated, can lead to dehydration, hospitalisation or even death.

Coulson and colleagues have previously discovered that children predisposed to developing type 1 diabetes autoimmunity do so faster when they are infected by rotavirus.

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