Scientists May Have Found Appendix’s Purpose

Submitted by: Snoogans 9 years ago Science
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21153898/

So that"s what it"s for.
There are 47 comments:
Female 29
"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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Female 242
i feel smart now :) i learned something new hahaha
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Female 150
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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Female 878
So, you only need it if you`re a hermit?
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Female 71
Interesting, I`ve not heard this theory before. Personally, I eat yogurt when my stomach bacteria is out of whack. :-P
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Male 1,704
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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Female 224
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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Female 3
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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Male 547
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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Male 280
ZOMG so we think it`s part of the immune system? Wow... nifty!
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Female 133
Fascinating, I`ll have to share that with others.
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Male 2,600
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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Female 3
So when will we learn to be less OCD about cleanliness? A little dirt and disease helps our immune system!
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Female 532
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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Male 383
Kinda late. I saw this in the paper last week.
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Female 46
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
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Female 156
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.

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Female 2,695
um.. yeah..
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Male 244
Appendicitis hurts :(
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Male 87
Meh, old news, the friendly bacteria theory has been around for years.
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Male 100
wow, it can do something XD
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Male 549
Wowzers
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Female 4,376
although now i`m scared of appendicitis cause i still have mine >.<
|-(


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Female 4,376
^^^ 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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Female 4,376
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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Male 181
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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Male 3,431
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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Male 876
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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Male 449
Well then, its nice to know i have a bacteria producing organ inside of me
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Female 1,299
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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Male 511
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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Male 1,497
interesting...*scrathes chin*...
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Female 94
Intersting. Seems plausiable. If they`re wrong, they`re wrong but it`s a good theroy to look further into.
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Male 159
sunnysongbrd... if this was discovered by scientists, then they shouldn`t believe in creation, should they?
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Male 223
It creates "good" germs very descriptive.
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Female 1,412
Meh, it was interesting. At least they know it does something...
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Female 532
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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Female 150
well, i`ll rest easier this morning or whenever i go to sleep knowing it has a use after all. i hate lazy organs
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Female 375
Still completely useless then. Well that`s reassuring in case I ever need it taken out!
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Female 3,562
Haha, this means clean-freaks are more likely to get appendicitis.
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Male 550
I wonder how they get infected in the first place?
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Male 480
too bad i dont have one anymore
wish u were here appendix!
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Female 173
oh I see. thats interesting.
I was worried bout not having one for a second there.
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Female 165
And suddenly, everything seems clear to me.
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Female 690
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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Male 274
i love it
first
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Male 869
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