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The 79th Organ of the Human Body
Transcript of The 79th Organ of the Human Body
You would think that by 2017, we would've gotten a better grip on the knowledge about the organs in our very own body... and that questions about the human body would be finally solved somewhat.... But nope! The wonders of our bodies never cease to amaze us. That is why we present you.... OUR 79TH ORGAN!
So... What Really Happened?
Guess what? A new organ has been discovered. By discovered, it's not really that it was just noticed and detected in our body, but simply a reclassification of what we used to think was a few fragmented structures of muscles. It was basically there the whole time, hiding in plain sight, and we just thought that it was nothing more than a few flaps of tissue this entire time. Now? Through many researches, scientists found that it was one continuous organ, and got their minds blown by this rather sneaky piece of our body.
What is a Mesentery?
A mesentery is basically a fold of tissues (now considered as one whole organ) that attaches the intestines to the wall of our abdomen. This organ is located in our digestive system. There are blood vessels, nerves, and lymphatics that branches through the mesentery to supply the intestine. Basically, without this organ, our guts and other vital organs in the digestive system like our intestines, stomache, and other things wouldn't be attached to the abdomen wall.
Where was this Discovery Made?
This discovery was led by Doctor Calvin Coffey from the University of Limerick, which rather obviously, is located in Limerick, Ireland. In the labs of the University, Dr. Coffey and his team was able to find out about this discovery due to extensive research, and collaborations with another group.
How does this Benefit us?
When we realize something is an organ, we can use it as basis to diagnose diseases and disorders. Once researchers figure out how the mesentery normally works, then they can figure out the abnormal, which benefits us when it comes to abdominal diseases. It also builds the area of mesenteric science. So even though it might not effect us personally, it will help a great deal of people that are suffering from abdominal diseases/disorders!
How was this Discovery Made?
This research was actually the continuation of a work that was once overlook back in the 1870s by Carl Toldt. Basically his logic was waved off, and was not mentioned and revised until recently. The organ was first classified as one continuous piece of flesh in our body in 2012, and since then through extensive research, doctor Calvin Coffey and his team discovered that the mesentery was another organ and had functions of its own. The idea of Dr. Coffey's research was to look at the shape of the intestine, and they repeated that demonstration for about 110 patients or so. Then the collaborated with a group in Galway, and they repeated the aspects of this study, leading to the successful discovery.
Who made this discovery?
This amazing discovery was made by Doctor Calvin Coffey, who is the foundation chair of surgery at the University of Limerick. A bit background information about Dr. Calvin Coffey is that he is the general and colorectal surgeon (basically a field in medicine), and his interest is in keyhole surgery (a modern surgical technique in which he operation is done through small incisions elsewhere in the body from the location.)
Why is this Important?
THANK YOU FOR WATCHING!
This is obviously really important, because hey, we have a cool new organ! But really, it really shows how science is improving through the years, and it's really great to see the researchers achieving new goals and learning more about the human body. As humans, I think that it is very important to know about our own organs, which makes this discovery very awesome.
This is important to the world!
I personally think that this is a great discovery, not just because it's a new organ, and that it's really cool, but the fact that scientists can use this knowledge to help people with abdominal diseases once they learn more about the mesentery. To me, that's really the important part, because with every discovery made, we are trying to help more and more people in need, and that's the real beauty of having these discoveries, and the fact that discovering this new organ can help loads of people with diseases that they weren't able to have the opportunity to find a cure of until now, I think that it's really great news.
What Does Doctor J Calvin Coffey say?
"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,"
"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."
"When we approach it like every other organ,” Coffey explained, “we can categorise abdominal disease in terms of this organ."
I think that this is a great step forward to the topic of science, because making this one discovery allows scientists to branch this out into so many more, such as researching about diseases that the mesentery is responsible for and previously was ignored. The fact that a new organ had been just found allows the scientists to study the way it works, and find out much more about the functions that the mesentery has, and how to cure some of the previously unknown abdominal diseases. This was a very fun project and topic to research on,
"Although its function is still unclear, the discovery opens up a whole new area of science"