Science News 2014(English)

Mysteries of the human body: The unexpected role of the appendix

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Running Time : 5minutes

Japanese edition has been published in Jun 6, 2014


The appendix has long been considered an unnecessary organ in our bodies. Recently, however, medical researchers have begun to understand that it plays an unexpected role in maintaining health.
We are going to look at a previously unknown aspect of the appendix’s involvement in the intenstinal' immune system.


Kiyoshi Takeda(Professor, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University),
Katsura Higuchi(Associate Professor, Anatomy Laboratory, Faculty of Health Science Technology, Bunkyo Gakuin University)