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Is Your Appendix Actually Useless?

It’s commonly believed that the appendix no longer has a use. Is there any truth to this? Tara is here to discuss new research that finds its function.

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Biofilms in the large bowel suggest an apparent function of the human vermiform appendix

“The human vermiform (“worm-like”) appendix is a 5–10 cm long and 0.5–1 cm wide pouch that extends from the cecum of the large bowel.”

Appendix Isn’t Useless at All: It’s a Safe House for Bacteria

“Long denigrated as vestigial or useless, the appendix now appears to have a reason to be — as a “safe house” for the beneficial bacteria living in the human gut.”

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