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A thymus produces T-cells. T-cells are a type of white blood cell that help fight infections. It is especially important in newborns; without a thymus a baby's immune system will not develop properly. Adults can live without a thymus.
A spleen filters the blood of foreign cells and old cells in need of replacement. A person missing a spleen gets sick much more than a person with a spleen.
Bone marrow produces new cells, both red and white. The types of cells that make antibodies--B cells--are formed here. All mammals need bone marrow to lead healthy lives.
The liver contributes to your immune defense by collecting and eliminating foreign compounds, and creating some of your T-cells. You cannot survive without a liver.
Tonsils help stop germs from entering the body through the mouth and the nose. And they contain white blood cells, which help kill germs. You can live a healthy life without tonsils.
Glands of the immune system that usually enlarge in response to a viral or bacterial infection, or cancer.
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