biology question #1642



JR, a 21 year old male from Houston asks on October 20, 2003,

Q:

Does your gag reflex trigger the epiglottis to open or close?

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the answer

Barry Shell answered on November 4, 2003, A:

Apparently these two actions are not related. Different nerves control the gag reflex and the swallow, or the epiglottis. You can find out more at Neuroscience on the Web.

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