A new organ has been discovered hiding in plain sight inside the human body. Known as the mesentery, it was previously thought to be just a few fragmented structures in the digestive system.
But scientists have realised it is in fact one, continuous organ. Although its function is still unclear, the discovery opens up “a whole new area of science”, according to J Calvin Coffey, a researcher at the University Hospital Limerick who discovered it. According to Coffey, mesenteric science is its own specific field of medical study in the same way as gastroenterology, neurology and coloproctology.
“When we approach it like every other organ… we can categorise abdominal disease in terms of this organ,” he said. Full Story