London: The discovery of a new molecule kartogenin may help encourage damaged cartilage regenerate and reverse debilitating conditions like arthritis.Currently these is no cure for the condition, only anti-inflammatory painkillers to relieve symptoms, and in severe cases, costly joint replacements are advised.Main symptoms of arthritis include pain, stiffness and restricted movement in the joints, and in the UK it affects more than nine million people alone, the journal Science reports.Researchers at the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation in San Diego and Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, US, said: "This may ultimately lead to a stem-cell based therapy for osteoarthritis," according to the Daily Mail.
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