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For over half a century, agricultural engineers have been using radiat

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For over half a century, agricultural engineers have been using radiation to generate mutations in crops, developing valuable new varieties of plants such as red grapefruits, disease-resistant cocoa, and premium quality barley for whiskey. However, due to the public’s widespread fear of radiation and negative associations with the word “mutant,” the practice of inducing mutations with radiation has been largely kept from the public’s view to avoid controversy.

The bold-faced statement plays which of the following roles in the argument?

A. It is an assumption underlying the decision for keeping the use of radiation in crop development out of the public’s view.
B. It is the main conclusion the author is attempting to justify.
C. It is a possible explanation for the course of action taken in the argument.
D. It is a subsidiary conclusion that must be accepted in order to accept the main conclusion.
E. It is a premise that undermines the conclusion the argument is attempting to reach.
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Can please some expert change the OA , I believe the OA should be as shown here : https://gmatclub.com/forum/for-over-hal ... 35895.html

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this is not a very gmat like question ,isnt it?
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hello experts,

could you please let us know why a is wrong?
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OA does not sound convincing here. From the argument, it appears that the bold statement is a mere fact which is directly linked with the main conclusion.
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Sorry to be a wet blanket here, but I agree with goforgmat and RMD007: this really isn't a very convincing GMAT question, and there's plenty of room to debate the answers, because they simply aren't airtight. Official GMAT questions can obviously get really, really difficult, but they don't leave room for ambiguity or debate.

I wouldn't lose sleep over this one, folks.
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