Brand New Organ Called 'Mesentery' Discovered By J Calvin Coffey

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Jan 05, 2017 02:44 AM EST

A visitor photographs a plastinated human digestive system specimen with a mobile phone on the opening day of the Bodyworlds (Koerperwelten) exhibition in the Menschen Museum (Human Museum) on February 18, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo : Getty Images/Adam Berry)

J Calvin Coffey from University Hospital Limerick, Ireland, has discovered a brand new organ in the digestive system.  Mesentery was first believed to be a collection of fragmented structures. But recent research has shown that it is in fact, one continuous organ. This is one of the few discoveries that will change the textbooks forever.

According to Science Alert, mesentery was first described by Leonardo da Vinci. But doctors even in the past century thought it to be an insignificant part and no importance was given to its existence.

In 2012, Coffey and his colleagues through detailed microscopic examinations showed that the mesentery is actually a continuous structure. Coffey and his team worked for 4 years to gather evidence strengthening mesentery's case as an organ. Their latest publication in this regard has made this official.

As per the paper published in 'The Lancet, Gastroenterology and Hepatology', the mesentery has been classified as an organ and it is emphasized that it be scientifically analyzed as an organ would be.

Its role in digestion, abdominal or gastrointestinal disorders isn't yet thoroughly known. And now researchers can look into the effect the organ has on our body and its function in disorders.

The anatomy and structure of mesentery has been established. Now it's reaction to various gastronomic situations can be recorded and the results analyzed, for a detailed study of what role the organ plays in our body. Once the function of the organ is determined, the possible abnormalities of the organ will be found. And then mesentery's connection to abdominal diseases can be found out.

Coffey is positive that a new branch of study will emerge from this discovery - mesenteric science. He also expressed that the implications of this discovery are universal. 

This only proves that even after a hundred years of discovery, there will always be something new to discover, even if it is within the human body. 

 

 

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