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It’s 2017 And A New Organ In Humans Has Just Been Discovered

Scientists have officially discovered a new organ inside the human body.

Tucked in our abdomen is the mesentery.

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The mesentery (meaning “in the middle of the intestines”), was originally thought to be merely a series of membranes which kept the intestines attached to the abdominal wall.

But it has been found to be a single structure, wrapping and folding around in one long, continuous piece of tissue.

“In the paper, which has been peer reviewed and assessed, we are now saying we have an organ in the body which hasn’t been acknowledged as such to date,” J Calvin Coffey, from the University of Limerick said.

“The anatomic description that had been laid down over 100 years of anatomy was incorrect. This organ is far from fragmented and complex. It is simply one continuous structure.”

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We’re yet to know precisely what it does, but it’s good news for anyone suffering from previously unsolved or difficult-to-diagnose abdominal and intestinal conditions.

The research has been published in The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology and the world's best-known series of medical textbooks, Gray's Anatomy, has been updated to include the new definition.

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