Biofilms in the large bowel suggest an apparent function of the human vermiform appendix.

  title={Biofilms in the large bowel suggest an apparent function of the human vermiform appendix.},
  author={R Randal Bollinger and Andrew S Barbas and Errol L Bush and Shu S. Lin and William Parker},
  journal={Journal of theoretical biology},
  volume={249 4},
The human vermiform ("worm-like") appendix is a 5-10cm long and 0.5-1cm wide pouch that extends from the cecum of the large bowel. The architecture of the human appendix is unique among mammals, and few mammals other than humans have an appendix at all. The function of the human appendix has long been a matter of debate, with the structure often considered to be a vestige of evolutionary development despite evidence to the contrary based on comparative primate anatomy. The appendix is thought… CONTINUE READING


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