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Melbourne scientists make brittle bone breakthrough

MELBOURNE researchers have uncovered a pathway that controls whether bones get stronger or weaker, a breakthrough they hope will lead to the first cure for osteoporosis.

More than a million Australians suffer from the debilitating brittle bone condition, in which bone mass is lost quicker than the body can replace it.

St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research’s bone cell biology and disease unit has found that by deleting a particular receptor in the bone-forming cells of animals, they

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