A team of researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine have developed a process to regenerate articular cartilage in joints.
The team took an already existing method, called microfracture, that consists of drilling tiny holes in joints to regenerate cartilage tissue, and enhanced it with chemical signals. This chemical enhancement allows the tissue to grow back, and reach the same elasticity it had before.
They tested this procedure on rats and had good result, and plan to move on to bigger animals for further testing. This new technique could help fight arthritis, and eliminate the need to use painkillers.
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