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Contrary to popular belief, cartilage in human joints can repair itself through a process similar to that used by creatures such as axolotls and salamanders to regenerate limbs, researchers at Duke Health found.

Publishing online Oct. 9 in the journal Science Advances, the researchers identified a mechanism for cartilage repair that appears to be more robust in ankle joints and less so in hips. The finding could potentially lead to treatments for osteoarthritis, the most common joint disorder in the world

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