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Humans possess a salamander-like ability to regrow cartilage in joints, contrary to popular belief. Researchers have found potent molecules in the body which encourage the growth of new proteins in the connective tissue. The process is similar to that of salamanders, lizard-like amphibians famed for their remarkable ability to recover from damage to their body. Scientists hope the 'inner salamander' may lead to treatments for osteoarthritis, a painful condition that is currently incurable.
proteins are produced at different speeds in hips, knees and ankles, which may explain why osteoarthritis (OA) is most common in hips. Dr Ming-Fend Hsueh and his team looked at the age of proteins in collagen - a main component of cartilage - in 18 tissue samples of people with OA. They were able to spot which proteins were new by looking at how many amino acid conversions they had - the more there are, the older the protein is.