London: Raising hope for millions sufferingfrom knee and hip problems, scientists have claimed that it would soon be possible for the patients to `grow` properly working joints inside their body using their own stem cells. An American team, which carried out a pioneering study on rabbits, said the results could pave the way for a future where people can grow bone and cartilage inside their own bodies after damaged bones have been removed.
But humans could be more challenging as they have onlytwo legs to bear weight, the researchers said, detailing theirresearch in medical journal `The Lancet`. Dr Patrick Warnke from Bond University in Australia, saidthe research offered a "promising insight" into what mighthappen in the future for patients. A person would also be immobile for a considerable periodof time while their new joint grows, he said. Scientists at Leeds University are also developing asimilar treatment and said small replacement body parts, suchas patches to repair clogged arteries, could be routinelygrown by 2015. But it may take 20-30 years to develop the more advancedtechniques. PTI
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