London: Scientists have created a potent new gene therapy technique, which could bring hope to millions crippled by arthritis pain.Not only does the wonder therapy stop the destruction of the joint, it appears to also protect against damage.It could pave the way for people known to be at risk of developing osteoarthritis being given the jab years in advance to prevent it from ever striking. Current treatments can only relieve symptoms.There is no cure unless people undergo expensive joint replacement operations, which cost the NHS 1 billion pounds a year.The new study has uncovered a protein which is thought to be able to protect against osteoarthritis by acting as a lubricant between bones in the joint. It also blocks the loss of cartilage, the Daily Express reported.
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