- Eight new genetic links to osteoarthritis have been uncovered that could help scientists develop better treatments for the disease.
- Previously, only three genetic variants associated with osteoarthritis were known.
- Yet inherited factors are believed to contribute to 60% of differences in the risk of suffering the disease.
- Osteoarthritis, progressive damage to the joints caused by general wear and tear or injury, can result in debilitating levels of stiffness and pain.
- It affects around 40% of people over the age of 70.
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