Append and Cite Us

Scientists have never been certain what the appendix used to do — and if it is still, in fact, useless. On Jan. 9, a team of researchers led by scientists at Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine published a review study proposing an answer: the appendix is a secondary immune function that both catalyzes immune cell responses and floods your gut with beneficial bacteria when they’ve been depleted. And it still plays that role, in a limited fashion, in human body function. Anthony and Jeff come to terms with their own fear of appendicitis and if knowing the organ’s function changes their view. Plus, did scientists just find a whole new organ in the body?

Scientists have never been certain what the appendix used to do — and if it is still, in fact, useless. On Jan. 9, a team of researchers led by scientists at Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine published a review study proposing an answer: the appendix is a secondary immune function that both catalyzes immune cell responses and floods your gut with beneficial bacteria when they’ve been depleted. And it still plays that role, in a limited fashion, in human body function. Anthony and Jeff come to terms with their own fear of appendicitis and if knowing the organ’s function changes their view. Plus, did scientists just find a whole new organ in the body?

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