• Question: What is the purpose of the spleen?

    Asked by an alien to Stewart, Marton, Kathryn, David on 13 Nov 2018.
    • Photo: Stewart Martin-Haugh

      Stewart Martin-Haugh answered on 13 Nov 2018:

      It helps fight off disease. You can definitely live without it (a friend of mine at school had his removed after a moped accident), but you become more susceptible to disease.

    • Photo: Marton Olbei

      Marton Olbei answered on 13 Nov 2018:

      It’s basically a huge filter for your blood, helps you get rid of old blood cells and makes sure to remove any bacteria it can find!