The Winter 2013 issue of Discover Rush is all about tissue.
A tissue is a group of similar cells; an organ is a group of similar tissues.
There are four main types of tissue in the body:
Connective tissue supports and binds other tissues together within the body. Its functions include storing fat, transporting substances, protecting against disease and helping repair tissue damage.
Epithelial tissues cover body surfaces, line body cavities and are the major tissue in glands. They perform a variety of functions that include protection, secretion, absorption, filtration and sensory reception.
Muscle tissues are made up of cells that contract so you can move. They are long and slender. There are three types: skeletal, cardiac and smooth.
Nervous tissue is responsible for many body functions, from movement to memory. Nerve cells in the brain, spinal cord and nerves pass information to each other via electrical impulses.
Learn more about tissues in the Tissue Issue of Discover Rush.
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