Oxidants not antioxidants the key to diabetes, says DNA Nobel laureate

More than 60 years after he helped elucidate the helix structure of DNA, James Watson has put forward a new hypothesis that contradicts the current thinking on diabetes and antioxidants.

Writing in the Lancet this week, the 85-year old Nobel Laureate proposes that diabetes is caused by lack of oxidants rather than an excess of the supposedly harmful “reactive oxygen species”.

Watson’s hypothesis is based on the premise