Scientists Have Finally Discovered the Function of the Human Appendix

Appendix

Posted: 07 Mar 2014 01:43 AM PST

By James Achisa, PBS; images via ABC; h/t to Barbara Miller

For generations the appendix was thought to have no purpose. But now, researchers say they have discovered the true function of this organ, and it is anything but redundant.

Researchers now say that the appendix acts as a safe house for good bacteria.

The body uses this to essentially “reboot” the digestive system when one suffers from a bout of dysentery or cholera.

Duke University Medical Centre in North Carolina researchers say that following a severe bout of cholera or dysentery, which can purge the gut of bacteria essential for digestion, the appendix acts as a reserve for good bacteria to emerge.