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Researchers building new cartilage to help osteo-arthritis

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Osteo-arthritis is the breakdown of cartilage in the joints. Scientists have already cracked a so-called instruction list for stem cells, which would become cartilage.  

Now, Researchers at the University of Connecticut are using that to tell human embryonic stem cells to make new cartilage.

Caroline Dealy, UCONN Health Center Associate Professor, said, "We've done that in a laboratory in a dish, and now the next step is to find out whether those cells can work.  Can they do the job we want?"

Dealy says the next step is to test this in an animal with osteo-arthritis. The hope is that someday this could help the more than 20 million Americans with osteo-arthritis build new cartilage to help aching joints recover.

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