Scientists discover a huge new human organ hiding in plain sight

March 28, 2018 by  
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Just when you thought we knew all there was to know about the human body, researchers revealed that they discovered an entirely new human organ.  Called the interstitium, it consists of a series of fluid-filled, shock-absorbing compartments that shield body tissues. The interstitium was previously thought to be dense layers of connective tissue, but it turns out that it is actually one of the largest organs in the human body  –  and understanding it better may offer clues to understanding how cancer spreads. Dr. David Carr-Locke and Dr. Petros Benias identified it as an organ while scanning a patient’s bile duct for signs of cancer. The doctors collaborated with New York University pathologist Dr. Neil Theise to further explore the structure and function of the newly identified organ. In a study published in the  journal  Scientific Reports , researchers note that previous research had failed to note the presence of the interstitium because traditional methods for the observation of body tissues involved the draining of fluid. “This fixation artifact of collapse has made a fluid-filled tissue type throughout the body appear solid in biopsy slides for decades, and our results correct for this to expand the anatomy of most tissues,” Dr. Theise told the Independent . Related: Changing the price of certain foods could save thousands of lives each year Researchers noted that the interstitium drains its fluids into the lymphatic system, which affects and regulates the body’s immune response. This means that cancer cells could potentially be released by the interstitium as it transports fluid throughout the body. If properly understood, this new organ could prove to be key in preventing the spread of cancer . “This finding has potential to drive dramatic advances in medicine , including the possibility that the direct sampling of interstitial fluid may become a powerful diagnostic tool,” said Dr. Theise. Via the Independent Images via  and  Jill Gregory/Mount Sinai Health System  and Deposit Photos

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Scientists Create Complete Organ from Scratch – Inside a Mouse!

September 2, 2014 by  
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Oh, the mighty mouse – the tiny creature on whom humanity’s experiments have saved countless lives, and they’re up to it again. This time, scientists at the University of Edinburgh have managed to grow a fully functional organ inside a mouse, which opens up the possibility that one day we might be able to manufacture compatible organs for transplant from scratch – without the need for human donors. Read the rest of Scientists Create Complete Organ from Scratch – Inside a Mouse! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: artificial , edinburgh , glad , Grow , inside , mouse , organ , thymus , transplant , university

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Organovo’s Bioprinter Technology Could Lead to 3D Printed Human Organs

January 18, 2013 by  
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Organovo Holdings , a San Diego, CA-based manufacturer of 3-dimensional human tissues, recently announced a partnership with 3D-software company Autodesk Inc. to develop the first 3D design software for bioprinting. The new software will be used to control Organovo’s NovoGen MMX Bioprinter , which produces “living human tissues that are three-dimensional, architecturally correct, and made entirely of living human cells,” according to the firm. Currently, Organovo’s tissues are used by selected research partners for biological research and drug testing, but the company believes its 3D bioprinting technology “also holds great promise for creating direct tissue therapies… The long-term goal is to create tissues intended for direct therapeutic use to augment or replace damaged or degenerating organs.” The development of bioprinted organs could be a godsend for the 114,300 people currently on the waiting list for organ transplants, 18 of whom die every day, according to company background materials. The MMX is a hardware and software platform designed for biological research that is particularly used by pharmaceutical firms for drug discovery. Company background materials say that the MMX “takes primary or other human cells and shapes them into [functional] 3D tissue, with tremendous cellular viability and biology that is superior to even an animal model.” Organovo’s bioprinting process involves growing cells in a culture, then collecting and incubating them to form “bio-ink” that consists of “cells and the building blocks to form a functional organ system in vitro.” The bio-ink is loaded into a cartridge, which in turn is placed into the printer. The printer deposits the bio-ink according to the desired design programmed in the controlling software. Organovo says it has worked with several tissue types, including blood vessels, cardiac muscle, bone, lung, liver, and kidney. Because organs are so complex, Organovo says it’s difficult to predict which might be the first engineered organ. In background materials, the company says, “Tissues such as blood vessel segments, nerve grafts, bone/cartilage pieces, and assist patches for a compromised heart or kidney are examples of what could be a first reduction-to-practice for the technology.” Organovo says that its work with Autodesk will continue throughout 2013. While the details are proprietary, the company says it expects the relationship “to lead to advances in bioprinting, including both greater flexibility and throughput with our internal development, and the potential long-term ability for customers to design their own 3D tissues for production by Organovo.” + Organovo Photos courtesy of Organovo Holdings Inc.

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“Party Wall” Made of Skateboard Scraps Wins MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program Competition

January 18, 2013 by  
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Every year, New Yorkers look forward to MoMA PS1′s Warm Up parties as a symbol of summer fun, and it looks like they’ll be in for a treat once again. The Long Island City museum recently announced the winner of its Young Architects Program Competition , which picks one design that will be built as the venue for the concert series, and Ithaca-based CODA took the crown this year with their “Party Wall” made of skateboard manufacturing scraps . Read on to learn more about this elegant but still edgy pavilion ! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Caroline O’Donnell , coda , coda moma ps1 , coda party wall , coda ps1 , Comet skateboards , eco design , green design , Long Island City , MoMA PS1 , moma ps1 party wall , Party Wall , party wall coda , Pedro Gadanho , PS1 warm up , Recycled Materials , sustainable design , Warm up series , young architects program

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Study Links GM Corn Consumption to Organ Damage

January 12, 2010 by  
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Pomega5 Oil of Life Cleansing Bar

January 12, 2010 by  
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I think I am inadvertently on the quest for the perfect soap because lately that’s what I have really been sampling and testing. This round of sampling has me trying out Pomega5 Oil of Life Cleansing Bar which has changed names since I first receive the product for review and is now called the Lemongrass Clarifying Cleansing Bar. Lemongrass makes more sense because it smells like lemon not pomegranate

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