Sunday, March 7, 2010
The Enigmatic Appendix
Among the vestigial organs in the human body, Jerry Coyne focuses most on the appendix. Apparently, the appendix was once of use in digesting cellulose, but since humans do not eat cellulose, the appendix has been reduced to almost nothing. Yet it is still large enough to become infected and lethal. Thus, what effects does the practice of appendectomy have on the presence of the appendix in humans? Would it be beneficial to the human race to cease operations on infected appendices? Why or why not?