Biology Question #1642

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

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

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The answer

Barry Shell answered on November 4, 2003

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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