Submitted by Diana Bretting on Thu, 01/05/2017 - 07:51
Membranes that twist and turn through the gut in humans’ digestive system has been reclassified and upgraded by scientist to an organ, according to a newly published review.
The structure, which connects the small and large intestines to the abdominal wall and keeps them in place, has been known to scientists for a long time. But, until recently, it was believed to be numerous distinct membranes.
In the review, researchers looked at old and new studies on the structure called “mesentery,” and concluded that the structure is actually a continuous organ.