Your Spleen Can Multiply Into Accessory Spleens

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Your Spleen Can Multiply Into Accessory Spleens

Ask anyone if they know what a spleen does, and nine out of ten times they'll probably either look at you with a blank stare or maybe say "it's one of those organs you don't really need." While it's true that a person can live without their spleen, this orange wedge-sized organ is pretty underrated. Oh yeah, and it can multiply into what's called accessory spleens.Related: Side Stitches May Be Caused By An Organ You've Never Heard Of

Brains Begin To Slow Down At Age 24

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Brains Begin To Slow Down At Age 24

When it comes to the cognitive decline of your brain, is 24 the new 50? A 2014 study shows that our cognitive-motor skills begin declining at much younger age than previously thought.Related: Just How Fast Is Your Brain?

Distraction Osteogenesis Could Make You A Foot Taller

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Distraction Osteogenesis Could Make You A Foot Taller

If you're a guy who's shorter than average, you've probably daydreamed about what it would be like to grow taller. Well, your wish is science's command—there's a procedure for that.Related: A Robot Performed Soft-Tissue Surgery By Itself

Science Is Thiiis Close To Growing Human Hearts In A Lab

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Science Is Thiiis Close To Growing Human Hearts In A Lab

Of the more than 4,000 people in the U.S. waiting for a heart transplant, only about 2,500 will get one this year. Even among those lucky few, however, many of the patients' bodies will attack the foreign cells within them and reject the transplant. It's clear that we need a better way, and medical researchers have been hard at work trying to find one. The dream is to figure out a way to grow whole, beating human hearts from a patient's own cells, and in 2016, scientists from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School got the closest we've ever come to that goal.Related: The "Heart In A Box" Device Is Revolutionizing Transplants

Your Small Intestine Is Four Times Longer Than You Are

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Your Small Intestine Is Four Times Longer Than You Are

There's nothing small about the small intestine. This long, tubular organ is about four times as long as you are tall.