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# Derek: We must exploit available resources in developing

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Derek: We must exploit available resources in developing effective anticancer drugs such as the one made from mature Pacific yew trees. Although the yew population might be threatened, the trees should be harvested now, since an effective synthetic version of the yewâ€™s anticancer chemical could take years to develop.
Lola: Not only are mature yews very rare, but most are located in areas where logging is prohibited to protect the habitat of the endangered spotted owl. Despite our eagerness to take advantage of a new medical breakthrough, we should wait for a synthetic drug rather than threaten the survival of both the yew and the owl, which could have far-reaching consequences for an entire ecosystem.

6. Which one of the following is the main point at issue between Lola and Derek?

(A) whether the harvesting of available Pacific yews would have far-reaching environmental repercussions
(B) whether the drugs that are effective against potentially deadly diseases should be based on synthetic rather than naturally occurring chemicals
(C) whether it is justifiable to wait until a synthetic drug can be developed when the capacity for producing the yew-derived drug already exists
(D) the extent of the environmental disaster that would result if both the Pacific yew and the spotted owl were to become extinct
(E) whether environmental considerations should ever have any weight when human lives are at stake
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31 May 2005, 17:48
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the main argument is whether the existing yews should be harvested or whether we should wait until a synthetic drug is developed
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31 May 2005, 17:54
Agree with C...The issue is about "what it takes to develop a drug naturally from the yews"given the wait for the synthetic one is a time taking process
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31 May 2005, 18:07
(A) whether the harvesting of available Pacific yews would have far-reaching environmental repercussions
- No, they are not disputing over environmental issues

(B) whether the drugs that are effective against potentially deadly diseases should be based on synthetic rather than naturally occurring chemicals
- No, they are not discussing which type of chemicals to use in the anti-cancer drugs

(C) whether it is justifiable to wait until a synthetic drug can be developed when the capacity for producing the yew-derived drug already exists
- no such disuccsion over whether a certain option is justifiable

(D) the extent of the environmental disaster that would result if both the Pacific yew and the spotted owl were to become extinct
- this is not the main issue they are discussing, but just lola's reasoning for not harvsting the yew early

(E) whether environmental considerations should ever have any weight when human lives are at stake
- I believe E is the answer. Derek is all for harvesting the yew trees early as synthetic version of the anti cancer drug can take years to develop (critical since human lives are at stake), but Lola is concerned such moves have environmental repercussions. So it's really a matter of whether environmental concerns should have any weight when human lives are at stake.

E for me.
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31 May 2005, 19:04
ywilfred wrote:
(A) whether the harvesting of available Pacific yews would have far-reaching environmental repercussions
- No, they are not disputing over environmental issues

(B) whether the drugs that are effective against potentially deadly diseases should be based on synthetic rather than naturally occurring chemicals
- No, they are not discussing which type of chemicals to use in the anti-cancer drugs

(C) whether it is justifiable to wait until a synthetic drug can be developed when the capacity for producing the yew-derived drug already exists
- no such disuccsion over whether a certain option is justifiable

(D) the extent of the environmental disaster that would result if both the Pacific yew and the spotted owl were to become extinct
- this is not the main issue they are discussing, but just lola's reasoning for not harvsting the yew early

(E) whether environmental considerations should ever have any weight when human lives are at stake
- I believe E is the answer. Derek is all for harvesting the yew trees early as synthetic version of the anti cancer drug can take years to develop (critical since human lives are at stake), but Lola is concerned such moves have environmental repercussions. So it's really a matter of whether environmental concerns should have any weight when human lives are at stake.

E for me.

IMO ,in this question "rather than threaten the survival of both the yew and the owl, which could have far-reaching consequences for an entire ecosystem. " actually contradicts E. It was never mentioned human take precedence to any other ecological system..
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31 May 2005, 19:06
gmat2me2 wrote:
ywilfred wrote:
(A) whether the harvesting of available Pacific yews would have far-reaching environmental repercussions
- No, they are not disputing over environmental issues

(B) whether the drugs that are effective against potentially deadly diseases should be based on synthetic rather than naturally occurring chemicals
- No, they are not discussing which type of chemicals to use in the anti-cancer drugs

(C) whether it is justifiable to wait until a synthetic drug can be developed when the capacity for producing the yew-derived drug already exists
- no such disuccsion over whether a certain option is justifiable

(D) the extent of the environmental disaster that would result if both the Pacific yew and the spotted owl were to become extinct
- this is not the main issue they are discussing, but just lola's reasoning for not harvsting the yew early

(E) whether environmental considerations should ever have any weight when human lives are at stake
- I believe E is the answer. Derek is all for harvesting the yew trees early as synthetic version of the anti cancer drug can take years to develop (critical since human lives are at stake), but Lola is concerned such moves have environmental repercussions. So it's really a matter of whether environmental concerns should have any weight when human lives are at stake.

E for me.

IMO ,in this question "rather than threaten the survival of both the yew and the owl, which could have far-reaching consequences for an entire ecosystem. " actually contradicts E. It was never mentioned human take precedence to any other ecological system..

You're right, C should be the answer. I didn't see that point very clearly. Nice one
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02 Jun 2005, 06:39
The OA is C.
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