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A certain laboratory is studying the incidence of fatal liver damage in rats.-Sixty-five percent of all rats whose environments exposed them to low levels of the toxin sulfur dioxide died of liver disorder. Ninety percent of all rats who died of liver disorder, however, were not exposed to any environmental toxins.

Which of the following would provide a feasible explanation for the statistics above?

A Environmental and nonenvironmental causes of liver disease in rats are mutually exclusive.
B There is only one cause of fatal liver disease in rats.
C Environmental toxins are not particularly dangerous to the livers of rats.
D Only a small portion of the entire group of rats studied was exposed to environmental sulfur dioxide.
E Most rats will not suffer from exposure to low levels of sulfur dioxide.
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A certain laboratory is studying the incidence of fatal liver damage in rats.-Sixty-five percent of all rats whose environments exposed them to low levels of the toxin sulfur dioxide died of liver disorder. Ninety percent of all rats who died of liver disorder, however, were not exposed to any environmental toxins.

Which of the following would provide a feasible explanation for the statistics above?

A Environmental and nonenvironmental causes of liver disease in rats are mutually exclusive.
B There is only one cause of fatal liver disease in rats.
C Environmental toxins are not particularly dangerous to the livers of rats.
D Only a small portion of the entire group of rats studied was exposed to environmental sulfur dioxide.
E Most rats will not suffer from exposure to low levels of sulfur dioxide.


a) because both environmental and nonenvironmental causes cause liver disease
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I think its D.
Assuming 100 rats were in the study and 90 rats died due to liver damage.
90% of those died were not exposed to environmental toxins-> 81
Which means that 9 might have died due to toxins. If 13 were exposed to toxins,
65% of those exposed to toxins died-> ~9

This should give a feasible solution to the problem. ie, "Only a small portion of the entire group of rats studied was exposed to environmental sulfur dioxide"

"Environmental and nonenvironmental causes of liver disease in rats are mutually exclusive" also is very compelling, howeve, I will go with D.
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New post 21 Jul 2008, 01:08
Ans should be D
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using the same logic i.e. 100 rats etc etc

vote for D
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Between A and D.

I choose D based on the same logic given above.
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I think its D.
Assuming 100 rats were in the study and 90 rats died due to liver damage.
90% of those died were not exposed to environmental toxins-> 81
Which means that 9 might have died due to toxins. If 13 were exposed to toxins,
65% of those exposed to toxins died-> ~9

This should give a feasible solution to the problem. ie, "Only a small portion of the entire group of rats studied was exposed to environmental sulfur dioxide"

"Environmental and nonenvironmental causes of liver disease in rats are mutually exclusive" also is very compelling, howeve, I will go with D.


OA D. Good explanation. Kudos for you.
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Its a straight D. The thing with percentage questions is that if u pay close attention to the statistics, you can come up with an answer without reading the answer choices.
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I have found the source of this question, it is from Kaplan 800, and D is the answer.
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