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Date: 10/07/07 02:04 AM

47 Responses to Scientists May Have Found Appendix’s Purpose

  1. Profile photo of Snoogans
    Snoogans Male 30-39
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    October 6, 2007 at 7:24 pm
    Link: Scientists May Have Found Appendix’s Purpose - So that`s what it`s for.
  2. Profile photo of XxSpeedy
    XxSpeedy Male 13-17
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    October 7, 2007 at 2:07 am
    i love it
    first
  3. Profile photo of sunwavewind
    sunwavewind Female 18-29
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    October 7, 2007 at 2:12 am
    Well that`s great it used to have a use but now its useless.
    I was always terrified of having appendicitis when I was younger and wished they would just remove everyones appendix at birth.
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    Ace_Cosmo Female 13-17
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    October 7, 2007 at 2:24 am
    And suddenly, everything seems clear to me.
  5. Profile photo of gimysumlovin
    gimysumlovin Female 13-17
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    October 7, 2007 at 2:31 am
    oh I see. thats interesting.
    I was worried bout not having one for a second there.
  6. Profile photo of Rufifi
    Rufifi Male 13-17
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    October 7, 2007 at 2:38 am
    too bad i dont have one anymore
    wish u were here appendix!
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    843 Male 18-29
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    October 7, 2007 at 2:42 am
    I wonder how they get infected in the first place?
  8. Profile photo of SarahofBorg
    SarahofBorg Female 18-29
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    October 7, 2007 at 2:46 am
    Haha, this means clean-freaks are more likely to get appendicitis.
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    gilderof Female 18-29
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    October 7, 2007 at 3:49 am
    Still completely useless then. Well that`s reassuring in case I ever need it taken out!
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    catapilrgirl Female 30-39
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    October 7, 2007 at 3:50 am
    well, i`ll rest easier this morning or whenever i go to sleep knowing it has a use after all. i hate lazy organs
  11. Profile photo of sunnysongbrd
    sunnysongbrd Female 18-29
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    October 7, 2007 at 4:34 am
    Hmm...

    First of all, this theory is not proven by a LONG shot.

    Second of all,even if the theory is correct, appendices are not required because of the type of society we live in, therefore, they are still useless.

    Sounds like a very subdued conspiracy by all those "creationists" out there who don`t beleive that we have parts that are unnecessary because we`re still "evolving out" of them....

    Who knows?

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    GummyWurmz Female 13-17
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    October 7, 2007 at 5:11 am
    Meh, it was interesting. At least they know it does something...
  13. Profile photo of BurnBurn
    BurnBurn Male 18-29
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    October 7, 2007 at 7:59 am
    It creates "good" germs very descriptive.
  14. Profile photo of BubbaLuvSpon
    BubbaLuvSpon Male 30-39
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    October 7, 2007 at 8:15 am
    sunnysongbrd... if this was discovered by scientists, then they shouldn`t believe in creation, should they?
  15. Profile photo of Sporks
    Sporks Female 13-17
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    October 7, 2007 at 8:50 am
    Intersting. Seems plausiable. If they`re wrong, they`re wrong but it`s a good theroy to look further into.
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    TheGrag Male 13-17
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    October 7, 2007 at 9:54 am
    interesting...*scrathes chin*...
  17. Profile photo of Trema
    Trema Male 18-29
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    October 7, 2007 at 10:17 am
    sunny, a theory doesnt have to be proven it just has to have evidence backing it up, and this one does, a theory can also change or be nullified when new information is found

    so they do not need to prove it, just have evidence for it

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    cookii Female 18-29
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    October 7, 2007 at 10:21 am
    Sunny, evolution is a theory too, also i heard ages ago that the appendix was like tonsils for your stomach, they defend against ba stuff.. or something
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    pyre Male 18-29
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    October 7, 2007 at 10:35 am
    Well then, its nice to know i have a bacteria producing organ inside of me
  20. Profile photo of YinYang78
    YinYang78 Male 13-17
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    October 7, 2007 at 11:08 am
    Finally they found the use! But why waste time doing that, when you could be finding a cure for cancer or AT? Dumbasses
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    SilverThread Male 30-39
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    October 7, 2007 at 11:25 am
    Rock on, so to keep a Healthy Appendix I need to eat bad food. Awesome. I`ve always been surprised at how cavalier medicine seemed toward the removal of apparently "Useless" Organs. Because we don`t know what it does, we`ll just cut it off.
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    AndrewST Male 18-29
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    October 7, 2007 at 12:01 pm
    I agree with you SilverThread. Doctors seem that way with the Gall Bladder too....

    "OH! you don`t NEEED it, you live just fine without it!"

    Bulls*it you do! I had mine taken out about 10 years ago and it sucks not having the apprently "not required/needed" little item in my body. If the bastards had told me what it was like without one, I would have said.
    "Hell no! Pound sand!"

    I imagine the appendix has some function, we just have been to busy hacking it out to stop and really study that function.

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    GothicQueen Male 13-17
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    October 7, 2007 at 12:14 pm
    appendicitis is believed to occur when theres an ulceration within the appendix, causing an invasion of bacteria.the bacteria multiply within the appendix.
    The appendix may become swollen and filled with pus (a fluid formed in infected tissue, consisting of while blood cells and cellular debris), and may eventually rupture. Signs of rupture include the presence of symptoms for more than 24 hours, a fever, a high white blood cell count, and a fast heart rate. Very rarely, the inflammation and symptoms of appendicitis may disappear but recur again later.
    In most cases, a blockage inside the appendix probably starts a process in which the appendix becomes inflamed and infected. If inflammation continues without treatment, the appendix can rupture. A ruptured appendix spills bacteria-laden intestinal contents into the abdominal cavity, causing peritonitis, which may result in a life-threatening infection. A rupture also may cause an abscess to form.
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    GothicQueen Male 13-17
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    October 7, 2007 at 12:15 pm
    ^^^ for the person who wanted to know how an apendix becomes infected


    and also i believe that this is a good theory

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    GothicQueen Male 13-17
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    October 7, 2007 at 12:16 pm
    although now i`m scared of appendicitis cause i still have mine >.<
    |-(


  26. Profile photo of Rise23Up
    Rise23Up Male 18-29
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    October 7, 2007 at 12:53 pm
    Wowzers
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    Thedoomthing Male 18-29
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    October 7, 2007 at 1:14 pm
    wow, it can do something XD
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    blipflip Male 13-17
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    October 7, 2007 at 1:21 pm
    Meh, old news, the friendly bacteria theory has been around for years.
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    DemonCurtain Male 18-29
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    October 7, 2007 at 1:37 pm
    Appendicitis hurts :(
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    shizzamX Female 18-29
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    October 7, 2007 at 2:17 pm
    um.. yeah..
  31. Profile photo of silverfyre
    silverfyre Female 18-29
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    October 7, 2007 at 3:20 pm
    Of course everything has a purpose. Guys, the human body doesnt just create something for the f*ck of it. The body doesnt sit there and think "Gee, I think I`ll spend those extra stem cells I happen to have lying around and use up ALL ATP I worked so hard to get to make a little sliver of organ that is not going to have any purpose whatsoever."

    Right.

    Just because we happen to be able to survive without it; just because scientists dont know what the heck its for, does NOT mean it has no purpose. sheesh.

  32. Profile photo of sunglasses
    sunglasses Female 13-17
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    October 7, 2007 at 5:53 pm
    Someone told me that the appendix was somewhat like an signal to tell you that you treating your body fine. If you don`t have appendicitis, then you are most likely healthy. :-D
  33. Profile photo of zecromancer
    zecromancer Male 18-29
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    October 7, 2007 at 8:07 pm
    Kinda late. I saw this in the paper last week.
  34. Profile photo of sunnysongbrd
    sunnysongbrd Female 18-29
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    October 7, 2007 at 8:36 pm
    What about wisdom teeth silverfyre? I sure as heck don`t see a use for those, especially since they can cause serious problems with your teeth, gums, jaws... entire mouth, almost...

    Yes, we have parts we don`t need. Why does the human fetus produce gills, just to lose them again in a few weeks?

    And not all scientists are atheists, to a question posted earlier. In fact, there are entire organizations of Christian scientists who attempt to disprove evolution all the time.

    Plus, this is not even a theory... Its more of a hypothesis. And as far as I read, the evidence they have for it is pretty scarce anyway...

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    PaganMan Female 30-39
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    October 7, 2007 at 8:50 pm
    So when will we learn to be less OCD about cleanliness? A little dirt and disease helps our immune system!
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    Overmann Male 18-29
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    October 7, 2007 at 11:12 pm
    I am having a bit of trouble digesting the statement from the article that there are more bacteria than human cells in the typical body. That sounds awfully bizarre.

    "Of course everything has a purpose. Guys, the human body doesnt just create something for the f*ck of it."

    I would argue that everything at least *initially* has a purpose but there are indeed such things as vestigial structures whose conditions for function are diminished or superseded over time and began to shrink so as to conserve energy. For all we know - this article notwithstanding - the appendix is one such structure.

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    clashrocker Female 13-17
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    October 8, 2007 at 5:26 am
    Fascinating, I`ll have to share that with others.
  38. Profile photo of PhoenixPhata
    PhoenixPhata Male 13-17
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    October 8, 2007 at 9:29 am
    ZOMG so we think it`s part of the immune system? Wow... nifty!
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    marchhare123 Male 30-39
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    October 8, 2007 at 9:57 am
    I had always heard it was important a long time ago to help with the digestion of diffeent kinds of leaves and veggies we used to eat.
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    eMok1992 Female 13-17
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    October 8, 2007 at 12:49 pm
    Actually the apendix used to be used for when we were only herbivores and didnt eat meant....it was used to help digest the grass...but now we eat mainly man made crap and meat...we dont need them

    also its been proved that chinese and japanese people are less likely to get appedicitis as they traditionally drink and eat more herbs than anywhere else in the world.

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    denea Female 13-17
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    October 8, 2007 at 7:32 pm
    i can no longer say u useless apendix wait yes i can
    YOU USELESS APENDIX
    you cant stop me im unstoppable
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    philippic Male 18-29
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    October 9, 2007 at 6:57 am
    huh..
    IMO that theory is kinda worthy!

    i`d say the appendix used to be a lot bigger so many 100`s n thousands of yrs back when man ate bark, plants and leaves etc. and it was used to help breakdown all that crap.
    then over yrs, fire was created, meat was cooked, no more bark so the appendix wasnt needed so through the evolution it jus shrunk.

    so yeah it could contain good bacteria to help with the digestive system but jus doesnt need to be as big.

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    anthropology Female 30-39
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    October 9, 2007 at 7:11 am
    Interesting, I`ve not heard this theory before. Personally, I eat yogurt when my stomach bacteria is out of whack. :-P
  44. Profile photo of NumbuhZero
    NumbuhZero Female 18-29
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    October 9, 2007 at 4:33 pm
    So, you only need it if you`re a hermit?
  45. Profile photo of Kittycat101
    Kittycat101 Female 13-17
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    October 14, 2007 at 2:26 am
    and all this time they`ve been removing them ^^; humans are idiots, Doctor 1:"oh whats this, an organ!,it appears useless so lets just take it out!!" doctor 2 "Jolly good idea Ralph!! cause we all know how useless organs are!!" my point=Idiots!! i mean its not rocket science ppl its obviously there for a reason!! Da dur dur!!
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    pandapo0h Female 18-29
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    October 19, 2007 at 3:46 pm
    i feel smart now :) i learned something new hahaha
  47. Profile photo of beca3523
    beca3523 Female 13-17
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    November 6, 2007 at 11:03 pm
    "Well that`s great it used to have a use but now its useless.
    I was always terrified of having appendicitis when I was younger and wished they would just remove everyones appendix at birth."

    ME TOO!!!

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