"A multicellular organism is like a society made up of cells. The cells don't nor- mally do things that disturb the order of the society "
"A multicellular organism is like a colony of single celled organisms which has found a way to communicate and cooperate to maintain a self contained environment. Now everyone has heard of Hox genes but does anyone really know what they encode for? Well of course proteins, but these proteins bind to DNA itself. And when it does so it causes those genes to be expressed which in turn build new proteins. Its a chaotic three dimentional domino effect."
"A multicellular organism is like an immense corporation that is organized into a number of specialized departments (the organs) and manned by a multitude of ...workers"
"A multi-cellular organism is like a network of computers. It requires an efficient 'server', especially while operating human systems with billions or trillions of cells. The nervous system and the hormonal system are two important network hubs."
METAMIA is a free database of analogy and metaphor. Anyone can contribute or search. The subject matter can be anything. Science is popular, but poetry is encouraged. The goal is to integrate our fluid muses with the stark literalism of a relational database. Metamia is like a girdle for your muses, a cognitive girdle.