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### Origin

This question was asked by John Baez in This Week's Finds in Mathematical Physics (Week 286). Therefore, please don't upvote this question (unless you really want to), but do upvote the answers.

### Thoughts

One encounters problems if one just tries to kill off the cell: the procedure might have changed higher homology (this doesn't happen in rationalizing since cylinders are simple). So I suspect the answer is "No", but how to construct a counterexample?