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10-05-2007, 11:39 PM
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/st...?hub=TopStories (http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071005/appendix_purpose_071005/20071005?hub=TopStories)

Scientists figure out what the appendix is doing

The Associated Press

For generations the appendix has been dismissed as superfluous. Doctors figured it had no function. Surgeons removed them routinely. People live fine without them.

And when infected the appendix can turn deadly. It gets inflamed quickly and some people die if it isn't removed in time. Two years ago, 321,000 Americans were hospitalized with appendicitis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The function of the appendix seems related to the massive amount of bacteria populating the human digestive system, according to the study in the Journal of Theoretical Biology. There are more bacteria than human cells in the typical body. Most of it is good and helps digest food.

...The appendix's job is to reboot the digestive system in that case.

The appendix "acts as a good safe house for bacteria,'' said Duke surgery professor Bill Parker, a study co-author.
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interesting.. for those who love all thing biology..

b&aMom
10-06-2007, 12:26 AM
Cool!

Jackie B
10-07-2007, 06:37 PM
Ever see that poster that says "God don't make junk!" with the cute kid pic? Now they can put a picture of an appendix instead. *ROTFLMBO*