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Saturday, October 6, 2007

Germ Factory

posted by on October 6 at 15:19 PM

Now I know what my dearly departed appendix was perhaps good for. May I never live in an isolated, cholera-prone community.

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I wonder how many people are going to use this as a pro-creationist talking point. You know, something along the lines of, "See, on the basis of one possible fact that has been discovered in the last few days, we can throw out the entire idea of vestigial body parts, and thus, evolution as a whole!"

Morning television news is going to be unbearable the next few days, I bet.

Posted by cpualani | October 6, 2007 4:42 PM

I hope my appendix never bursts. That would suck.

Posted by Amelia | October 6, 2007 6:03 PM

The appendix is an organic antenna that allows you to receive transmissions from God.

Posted by flamingbanjo | October 6, 2007 6:43 PM

@1 I would LOVE to see Kirk Cameron film THAT piece, apropos given that his is almost entirely at this point a vestigial body par.

BUT this doesn't demonstrate what you claim at all. In fact it shows that we likely retain the appendix as a mostly vestigial organ that played a robust roll in our remote past when we would snack on newly killed organ meat and such. What we see in the modern appendix is a transition to vestigial status. If it were truly vestigial it's hard to explain why it has stuck around so long since it was a killer up until recently. That it also might play some positive role shows at least a possible reason why it's still here.

Posted by kinaidos | October 6, 2007 7:33 PM

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