Medicine

Scientists Discover New Organ in Human Body

Scientists Discover New Organ in Human Body

Researchers have found a new organ in the human body that has been "missed for decades". Scientists say this newfound organ is called the interstitium. "We discovered a new human organ!". The study shows that it is actually a network of compartments filled with liquid.

But that assumption might be very wrong, if the authors of a study newly published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports are correct. It lines the digestive tract, lungs and urinary systems, also surrounding the arteries, veins and fascia between the muscles.

Your body is lined with a network of fluid-filled cavities that-until now-were unknown to science.

What's surprising for researchers is that this new organ has been hiding in plain sight, undiscovered until now because of the specific technique scientists usually employ to analyse tissue.

Considering the new organ is like a freeway of moving fluid, researchers believe this finding might explain why cancer that invades this part of the body spreads faster and more than others.

This organ might help protect the rest of our organs and tissue.

Both strong (collagen) and flexible (elastin) connective tissue proteins makes up the interstitial.

In the case of the interstitium, without any fluid its components collapse like a demolished building, leaving the whole structure squashed and unrecognisable. One of the study's co-authors is a professor in the Department of Pathology at New York University School of Medicine.




Interstitial fluid also has another special function.

" Initially, we were simply believing it's a fascinating cells, yet when you in fact explore just how individuals specify body organs, it type of playing around 1 or 2 concepts: that it has a unitary framework or that it's a cells with a unitary framework, or it's a cells with a unitary feature", Dr. Neil Theise of NYU Langone Health, co-senior writer of the job, informed CNN.

The process involves the use of a tiny camera probe which gives scientists a microscopic view in and around the human body.

"This finding has potential to drive dramatic advances in medicine", Dr Theise said. The lymphatic system is responsible for the body's immune response.

The fluid-filled tissue is also though to act as a shock absorber for the body. It's even possible that studying these spaces could help reveal what acupuncture is or isn't doing within the body.

According to researchers, the new organ looks like a mesh.

This story originally appeared in Business Insider.


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