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Q: What good is your spleen?
A: While most people have heard of the spleen, few could tell you what it does or even where it’s located. That’s a pity since the spleen is an amazing organ that clearly shows the wisdom and handiwork of our Creator.
Many of the organs in our body come in pairs, such as the kidneys and lungs, but the spleen is one of the unpaired organs in the body. Usually the unpaired organs, such as the heart, are located along the midline of the body, but the spleen is located on the left side of the body.
Although the spleen is only about the size of our fist, at any given moment about 4% of all the blood in our body is passing through the spleen.
In some carnivorous animals the spleen stores red blood cells packed together like “paste” that can provide a “blood transfusion” in the event of a serious wound. But the human spleen primarily stores blood platelets (about one third of the body’s platelets). Blood platelets are special cell fragments circulating in the blood. They prevent excessive internal or external bleeding by forming clots that plug damaged blood vessels like a self-sealing tire.
But the spleen’s most important functions are not simply storage of blood cells and platelets.
News to Note Quick Look
The Anointed irony: The new book The Anointed by Drs. Karl Giberson and Randall Stephens caught our attention this week. Answers in Genesis and its president Ken Ham feature prominently (though negatively) in the book. Read more.
Cosmic speed limit: According to Einstein’s theory of relativity, nothing can exceed the speed of light as measured in a vacuum. All of modern physics and many of the physical constants which accurately describe the physical world depend on the constancy of this value. Yet scientists involved in OPERA have apparently caught neutrinos exceeding the cosmic speed limit about 16,000 times. Read more.
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