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The Interstitium, the Largest Organ We Never Knew We Had

The Interstitium, the Largest Organ We Never Knew We Had

study published in Scientific Reports on Tuesday suggests that a previously unknown organ has been found in the human body.

More astonishingly, the paper puts forth the idea that this new organ is the largest by volume among all 80 organs—if what the researchers found is, in fact, an organ.

When I first met Neil Theise at a busy, east side Manhattan deli in the middle of the work day last November, I was embarrassingly late, having budgeted 15 minutes for what turned out to be an hour-long trip. Theise—unassuming in a scrunched shirt and jacket—cheerfully waited, but I was late enough that he’d started eating a hot, open-faced turkey sandwich with gravy, while jovially chatting with the wait staff (“I’ve been coming here since I was a kid!” he announced).

Between slurps of soup, Theise told me that he’d been working on several medical studies for the past few years. He was a Jewish Buddhist, a man who was at home with discussing the various veins of meditative practices in the same breath as the intricacies of liver pathology. Read More

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