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Scientists found a ‘new organ,’ but it might not be what you’re expecting

The interstitium helps hold our organs together, but it might do more than that.
The interstitium

The interstitium, a layer of tissue around our organs, has always been in the human body. Some scientists say it should be considered its own organ.

The human body is incredibly complicated, and it’s no surprise that we haven’t cracked every code that makes our fleshy forms run smoothly. Researchers are constantly finding new mechanisms by which our immune systems work, our cells function, and our muscles move. But far less often—if ever—do we hear that scientists have identified a new organ.

But in a report out last week in the journal , what they think could be a previously unrecognized organ. The structure is a network of tissues which

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