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Hanging from the back edge of your soft palate, the palatine uvula seems to serve several functions, none of which are particularly necessary for most people, which is why it can generally be removed with few, if any, noticeable side effects.

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1408233
http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=656028
https://www.britannica.com/list/7-vestigial-features-of-the-human-body
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palatine_uvula
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pharyngeal_reflex
http://www.hindawi.com/journals/isrn/2011/704924/
http://thisisafrica.me/traditional-uvulectomy-one-of-africas-most-curious-medical-and-cultural-practice/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty
http://bunewsservice.com/whales-without-uvulas/
http://io9.gizmodo.com/what-the-hell-are-uvulas-for-1672515120
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/here-are-possible-reasons-we-have-dangling-thing-back-our-throats-180953732/?no-ist
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palatine_uvula
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pharynx#Nasopharynx
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velopharyngeal_insufficiency
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/here-are-possible-reasons-we-have-dangling-thing-back-our-throats-180953732/?no-ist
http://io9.gizmodo.com/what-the-hell-are-uvulas-for-1672515120
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=uvula

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