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There's a BBC science show called 'The Infinite Monkey Cage.' In this episode (mp3), from here, they had an entertaining debate about death and the point when we can define a strawberry as dead.
originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: Bedlam
Others, like muscle cells or gut will take a lickin' and keep on tickin' as they used to say, and so might do wacky pointless things as mentioned in the article, like activate repair mechanisms.
And wiggle when hit with a couple of volts. The idea behind Shelly's story.