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Need help answering the following question. I have read my chapter and looked on the internet, but still cannot seem to answer the question.

Explain how can a person be dead and 99% of his/her cells can be alive.

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This is more of a philosophical question, since death can be considered as a process and at what point do we consider the term death. A person may be clinically called dead when there is cessation of a heart beat (circulation), lack of breathing process and brain function. The more prolonged the cells ...

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This solution explains how a person can be clinically considered dead while 99% of their cells are still technically living. It is both a biological and philosophical answer.