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With Emergence of Biotechnology Companies, it was feared

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With Emergence of Biotechnology Companies, it was feared [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2010, 12:13
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With Emergence of Biotechnology Companies, it was feared that they would impose silence about proprietary results on their in-house researchers and their academic consultants. This Constraint, in turn, would slow the development of biological science and engineering.

Which of the following, if true, would tend to weaken most seriously the prediction of scientific secrecy described above?

A) Biotechnological research funded by industry has reached some conclusions that are of major scientific importance.

B) When the results of scientific research are kept secret, independent researchers are unable to build on those results.

C) Since the research priorities of biotechnology companies are not the same as those of academic institutions, the financial support of research by such companies distorts the research agenda.

D) To enhance the companies' standing in the scientific community, the biotechnology companies encourage employees to publish their results, especially results that are important.

E) Biotechnology companies devote some of their research resources to problems that are of fundamental scientific importance and that are not expected to produce immediate practical applications.


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Re: Biotechnology Companies OG-11 #23 [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2010, 12:38
D is the direct negation of the fear mentioned in the argument, thus will weaken the prediction the most amongst all choices listed here.

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With Emergence of Biotechnology Companies, it was feared that they would impose silence about proprietary results on their in-house researchers and their academic consultants. This Constraint, in turn, would slow the development of biological science and engineering.

Which of the following, if true, would tend to weaken most seriously the prediction of scientific secrecy described above?

A) Biotechnological research funded by industry has reached some conclusions that are of major scientific importance.

B) When the results of scientific research are kept secret, independent researchers are unable to build on those results.

C) Since the research priorities of biotechnology companies are not the same as those of academic institutions, the financial support of research by such companies distorts the research agenda.

D) To enhance the companies' standing in the scientific community, the biotechnology companies encourage employees to publish their results, especially results that are important.

E) Biotechnology companies devote some of their research resources to problems that are of fundamental scientific importance and that are not expected to produce immediate practical applications.


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Re: Biotechnology Companies OG-11 #23 [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2010, 13:07
IMO D. Publishing results negates the fear.
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Re: Biotechnology Companies OG-11 #23 [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2010, 22:36
Conclusion: Development of biological science and engineering will slow.
Evidence: It is feared that biotech companies would impose silence on their researchers

How to weaken this? Attack the evidence. Show that actually, biotech companies *will not* silence their researchers.

D: Biotech companies want to increase their prestige. To do this, they will actually encourage their researchers to share information.
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Re: Biotechnology Companies OG-11 #23 [#permalink] New post 08 Nov 2010, 07:59
as said above D directly contradicts
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Re: Biotechnology Companies OG-11 #23 [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2010, 09:37
D..this weakens the slowness mentioned in the conclusion.
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