This is the second time in as many years humans have learned details about a new organ. There is much to discover and to ponder over in relation to the new discovery.
Scientists have identified a new organ in the human body, which they hope could help them understand the spread of cancer within the body. "But this fixing process drains away fluid and causes the newfound fluid-filled spaces to collapse".
Researchers from New York University's School of Medicine say that they have discovered a new organ that has been hiding in plain sight.
The researchers explored further by flash freezing some of these tissues and looking at them under a microscope. It's the name being offered to the many small, fluid-filled voids within human cells that bury the whole body.
Interstitial space, the spaces between organs, was thought to consist of a dense layer of connective tissues. This limited view had squished the interstitium into pancakes, which is why it had flown under the radar until now. "Once they get in, it's like they're on a water slide", Theise claims. "But it was only when we could look at living tissue that we could see that".
Our bodies are full of dozens of organs, all performing unique and specialized tasks. The organ is a network that runs throughout the body.
Scientists believe that these proteins-made of collagen and elastin-keep tissues from tearing during daily functions.
The study's researchers said that the interstitium can compress and expand, meaning it might act as a "shock absorber", protecting other organs, especially organs that move a lot like the heart, lungs and digestive tract after eating.
There are a variety of "cars" that travel the highway, too.
They say the interstitium is not just a bunch of collagen walls between cells; instead, they are dynamic, fluid-filled spaces that aid in important functions. The fluid in the interstitium feeds into the lymphatic system. For example, it is potentially involved in acupuncture, pulse diagnosis in Tibetan and Chinese medicine practices, and myofascial release therapy.
They took pictures, which were shown to Neil Theisse, the author of the paper and a professor at NYU's School of Medicine, who theorizes that the interstitium's objective may have to do with the immune system, as it moves through the lymphatic system.