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Scientists discover appendix's use

Scientists have developed the theory that the appendix does, in fact, serve a purpose, which is to produce and protect good germs of the digestive system, reported the Star Tribune Saturday.

This conclusion is based on the theory of surgeons and immunologists at Duke University Medical School.

"The function of the appendix seems related to the massive amount of bacteria populating the human digestive system," according to a study in the Journal of Theoretical Biology. "Most of it is good and helps digest food."

However, sometimes bacteria in the intestines die or are "purged by disease." In such a case, the appendix's job is to re stabilize the body's digestive system.