Mesentery: New organ discovered inside human body by scientists

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The finding opens up ‘a whole new area of science’

A digital representation of the small and large intestines and associated mesentery J Calvin Coffey, D Peter O’Leary, Henry Vandyke Carter

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 first discovered it.

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