Scientists: Appendix Protects Good Germs

October 6, 2007 By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer in Medicine & Health / Health
Scientists: Appendix Protects Good Germs (AP)
Graphic locates the appendix

(AP) -- Some scientists think they have figured out the real job of the troublesome and seemingly useless appendix: It produces and protects good germs for your gut. That's the theory from surgeons and immunologists at Duke University Medical School, published online in a scientific journal this week.

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"Scientists: Appendix Protects Good Germs" October 6, 2007