|The appendix; For Alain
||[May. 1st, 2008|05:07 am]
The appendix, now, has NO use whatsoever, and it actually bad for you to have. "Given the appendix's propensity to cause death via infection, and the seeming perfect health of those who have had their appendix removed, the biological purpose of the appendix has mystified scientists for some time. There have been cases of people who have been found, usually on laparoscopy or laparotomy, to have a congenital absence of an appendix. There have been no reports of impaired immune or gastrointestinal function in these people."
Some things that it might have been used for:
Acting as a lymphatic organ
William Parker, Randy Bollinger, and colleagues at Duke University proposed that the appendix serves as a safe haven for useful bacteria when illness flushes those bacteria from the rest of the intestines.
Totally useless. I'm going to bed now.