New organ discovered in human body may explain spread of cancer

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    New organ discovered in human body may explain spread of cancer

    Scientists believe they may have discovered a new organ in the human body that could provide insight on cancer and other major diseases.

    For centuries, experts and doctors thought layers of cells lining the digestive tract, lungs, arteries, veins and muscles were simply a wall of dense connective tissue. But a study published in Scientific Reports Tuesday instead identifies them as an inter-connected “highway” of fluid-filled channels scientists have dubbed the “interstitium.”

    Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center Drs. David Carr-Locke and Petros Benias made the discovery while investigating a patient's bile duct for cancer. If it’s confirmed to be an organ — or a group of tissues with a unique structure performing a specific task — it would take the skin’s place as the largest organ in the human body.

    “This finding has the potential to drive dramatic advances in medicine,” study co-author Neil Theise said in a statement, “including the possibility that the direct sampling may become a powerful diagnostic tool.”
     
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    Interesting. Sounds a bit like fascia, which I've been reading a ton about recently.
     

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