JOHANNESBURG, 15 January 2016 - Researchers have discovered what theyre calling a new organ. The mesentery, which is located in the abdominal cavity, was previously thought to be a series of separate structures.
JOHANNESBURG - Researchers have discovered what they’re calling a new organ.
The mesentery, which is located in the abdominal cavity, was previously thought to be a series of separate structures, but new findings have classified it as the 79th organ.
For hundreds of years the organ was considered to be a fragmented structure made up of multiple separate parts, but a professor from Ireland's University of Limerick, Calvin Coffey, wasn't convinced.
“It’s like a membrane and it’s located in your abdomen and it’s positioned in between your intestine and the mainframe of your abdomen so to speak," he said.
"So it has a start point and end point and then it fans out almost like a Chinese fan ... at one point it is two metres in length so it’s quite a substantive entity. It’s also one continuous entity, which is different to how it was previously portrayed in anatomic texts," Coffey said.
Coffey spoke to eNCA's Judith Subban. watch the full report above.