Ken Ham and the Interstitium

You may have seen some news stories about what’s reported at PhysOrg: Overlooked ‘organ’ could play role in cancer spread. They say, with our bold font:

Thanks to a laser-equipped mini-microscope developed by a French start-up, scientists have discovered a previously undetected feature of the human anatomy that could help explain why some cancers spread so quickly. Nobody was looking for the interstitium, as the new quasi-organ is called, because no one knew it was there, at least not in complex form revealed in a study published this week [in Scientific Reports: Structure and Distribution of an Unrecognized Interstitium in Human Tissues]. As with many breakthroughs in medicine and science, it was—to paraphrase Louis Pasteur’s oft-quoted dictum — a case of chance favouring the prepared.

What’s the interstitium? They tell us:

In 2015, a pair of doctors at New York’s Beth Israel Medical Center, David Carr-Locke and Petros Benias, found something unexpected while using the high-tech endoscopic probe to look for signs of cancer on a patient’s bile duct. There on a screen, clear as day, was a lattice-like layer of liquid-filled cavities that did not match anything found in the anatomy chapters of medical school textbooks.


Sacha Loiseau, founder and director of Mauna Kea Technologies, which made the camera-equipped probe that had revealed the phantom tissue, explained why. “The classic microscope on a lab bench magnifies dead tissue from a biopsy that has been dehydrated and treated with chemicals,” he told AFP. The meshwork of liquid bubbles visible in the patient’s body, in other words, had pancaked in the slides like a collapsed building, leaving hardly a trace.

The interstitium doesn’t show up on slides because it gets squished. Okay, here’s more from PhysOrg:

The newly found network of fluid-filled pockets — held in place by collagen proteins, which are stiff, and more flexible elastin — may act like a shock absorber preventing tissue tear as organs, muscles and vessels go through their daily motions, the researchers said. Once they knew what to look for, the scientists found interstitium throughout the body: below the skin’s surface, lining the digestive tract, in the lungs and urinary tract, and even surrounding arteries and veins.


Organ or not, “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 too,” said Theise.

So we all have a Zone of Squishiness that no one ever knew about. You’re probably thinking that there’s nothing creationist do with this information. Ah, but you should never under-estimate the awesome genius of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else.

Hambo just posted this at Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry: Scientists Discover a New Organ in the Human Body. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

We’re constantly learning fascinating new things about hard-to-get-to places like space — “the final frontier” — and about the deep ocean here on our planet. But some incredible discoveries are right before our eyes — including an organ in our bodies that was just discovered! It’s a reminder of how complex the human body is and how finite and fallible man is.

Ooooooooooooh! The discovery is a reminder of our fallibility. We’ll skip Hambo’s description of the interstitium, which is most of his brief post, after which he declares:

The more we learn about our bodies (or find what we don’t know in this case!), the more the words of the psalmist certainly ring true,

[Hambo quotes the bible:] I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. (Psalm 139:14)

That’s it. That’s the whole thing — except for some links to other AIG stuff. So what did we learn from Hambo? First, that we are finite and fallible — unlike You Know Who. And second, the interstitium, like everything else, is in the bible. Nothing those godless scientists find will ever surprise ol’ Hambo!

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14 responses to “Ken Ham and the Interstitium

  1. Ross Cameron

    Tried interstitium. Tried Squishiness. Neither are in my concordance therefore it doesn`t exist. Another conspiracy by the ungodly.

  2. The old and tried “something good, praise the Lord; something bad, blame Homo Sapiens” never fails, especially combined with “complex, hence God”.

  3. And when something is both complex and bad … like the complex of eyes, flight, talons and beak of a killer bird ….

  4. …. then Homo Sapiens is to be blamed for the abusal of a perfect design.

  5. Ceteris Paribus

    Ken exclaims: ” including an organ in our bodies that was just discovered! ”
    Yes, Ken. We understand that this new information has your hair on fire, running around trying to find all the new “squishy thingers”. But your mother wants to remind you that you should always ask for permission first, before surprising you friends by jabbing your finger into a potential squishy part.

  6. Try to imagine Hambo preparing that post. He gathers his group of creation scientists and commands them: “Find me something in the bible about this interstitium thing!” Trembling, one of them says: “Sir, that will be difficult.”

    Hambo flies into a rage and shouts: “Idiots! What do I pay you for? If I fire you, where will you go? Who will hire you?” So the obedient staff scrambles around and found that one scripture reference.

  7. Does he feel the need for a relevant Bible proof text?

  8. If only Creationists could discover their long-concealed and atrophied brains….

  9. The big problem for creationists is not so much discovering their brains, but activating the organ. We all know what happens with a body part that hasn’t been used for too long.

  10. @mnbo,
    “…what happens with a body part that hasn’t been used for too long.”

    It goes squishy?

  11. Prompted by SC’s comment, I recall seeing on a check-out book rack of a store in a very religious county a book with the title “A Bible Quote for Every Occasion”. Perhaps Hambo has such a book for every science fact/discovery.

  12. @ Scientist: There are even several versions of this online: Inspirational Bible Verses for Every Occasion

    Oddly, not all the topics listed there have associated quotes from scripture, and the list of topics itself, which is far from exhaustive, omits “Bible Verses for New Scientific Discoveries.”

    Perhaps identifying such would make a suitable Curmudgeon Challenge?

  13. @TomB: exactly.

  14. Techreseller

    Hey Curmie. Ol Hambo sounds a lot like a guy you voted for for President of the US. Both of them “believe” something and order their minions to find or create “facts” to support their belief. Hmmmm.