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Your initial premise is not correct. The cell does not resist implosion because that is a feature of life. A water balloon does not implode and it is no more alive than a stone.The atmospheric pressure balances the internal pressure of the cell - or at least the vapor pressure of the water which is the major constituent of the cell's cytoplasm. If you subject a cell to extreme vacuum the water will boil and rupture the cell. Water is much more difficult to compress. I think you could possibly compress it to the solid state - I don't recall the phase diagram off hand - but that pressure would not be too far off that required to transform the cell's carbon into graphite or diamond.However some sorts of political pressure can make politicians very small indeed.