Biology: The Unity and Diversity of Life (14th Edition)

Published by Brooks/Cole Publishing Co.
ISBN 10: 1305073959
ISBN 13: 978-1-30507-395-1

Chapter 1 - Critical Thinking - Page 21: 1

Answer

The percentage of cells dead, in this case, does not matter. The type of cells are what is really important.

Work Step by Step

Because the types of cells that are dead are the most important- those responsible for brain activity, circulation, and respiration- it does not matter that only a small percentage of the overall body's cells died. The rest of the body cannot function properly without those cells, and thus the person is considered dead.
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