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It has been discovered that a chemical compound present in a liquid sprayed by pinkback ants as a defense mechanism contains antiseptic properties very useful in the treatment of minor flesh wounds. The volume of the chemical stored in a pinkback's glands is so small that it took scientists more than a year to acquire a sufficient amount for research purposes. Clearly, it will be very expensive, if not impossible, to use the chemical in commercial applications since such applications require much greater amounts than those used during research.

The answer to which of the following would be most useful in evaluating the argument?


A What kind of commercial applications could benefit from the presence of such a chemical?

B Does the chemical have properties that would make it useful for the healing of ailments other than flesh wounds?

C When the chemical is drawn from the glands of a pinkback ant, how long does it take for the ant to reproduce the missing amount?

D What alternative sources of other chemicals used for the treatment of minor flesh wounds are there?

E Can the compound be synthetically produced without it losing any of its characteristics?

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It has been discovered that a chemical compound present in a liquid sprayed by pinkback ants as a defense mechanism contains antiseptic properties very useful in the treatment of minor flesh wounds. The volume of the chemical stored in a pinkback's glands is so small that it took scientists more than a year to acquire a sufficient amount for research purposes. Clearly, it will be very expensive, if not impossible, to use the chemical in commercial applications since such applications require much greater amounts than those used during research.

The answer to which of the following would be most useful in evaluating the argument?


A What kind of commercial applications could benefit from the presence of such a chemical?

B Does the chemical have properties that would make it useful for the healing of ailments other than flesh wounds?

C When the chemical is drawn from the glands of a pinkback ant, how long does it take for the ant to reproduce the missing amount?

D What alternative sources of other chemicals used for the treatment of minor flesh wounds are there?

E Can the compound be synthetically produced without it losing any of its characteristics?



In conclussion the autor states that : Clearly, it will be very expensive, if not impossible, to use the chemical in commercial applications since such applications require much greater amounts than those used during research.

Now, if pinkback ants are the only source for the chemical and thus difficult to get... then yes... it will be expensive to get the compound in greater amount.but, on the other hand if there are any other ways to get the same chemical then the implications will differ.

Option E : Can the compound be synthetically produced without it losing any of its characteristics? argues in the same line.
Thus ans E
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Yes E makes more sense but unable to eliminate C

What if the ant reproduces the missing amount of chemical within 10 mins
So in that case it may not be expensive just time consuming

And even if a synthetic chemical is possible may be the process to create one will be very expensive

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Yes E makes more sense but unable to eliminate C

What if the ant reproduces the missing amount of chemical within 10 mins
So in that case it may not be expensive just time consuming

And even if a synthetic chemical is possible may be the process to create one will be very expensive

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I might not be correct,but, somehow the argument states the causal relationship in the following order:
Small amount in ants - > long time to get any considerable amount for research - > thus expensive when required for commercial applications that needed much more
Thus to me , if the only source is ant , the chemical will continue to be expensive.
But if there is an alternative way to get the resource , the cost could be less.

Now, time to reproduce was not mentioned in the argument. But, for sake of argument lets assume 'the ant reproduces the missing amount of chemical within 10 mins' . Then still there will be too many queries : such as , how many ant will be sufficient ( 1, 1000, 1M, 1B) ? What amount is sufficient for the experiment ? What is the cost of getting the amount in this process ?

Although in this line ... one can attack the Ans E as well .. what is the cost of synthetic process ? R& D Cost ? etc etc.
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akshata19 wrote:
Yes E makes more sense but unable to eliminate C

What if the ant reproduces the missing amount of chemical within 10 mins
So in that case it may not be expensive just time consuming

And even if a synthetic chemical is possible may be the process to create one will be very expensive

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For C to be correct :
What if the ant reproduces the missing amount of chemical within 10 mins
needs to be present in the question para, which is not there.

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New post 20 Apr 2018, 01:06
Conclusion: It will be very expensive, if not impossible, to use the chemical in commercial applications.

Assumption: This argument explicitly assume that the chemical compound cannot be produced by any other source which may be cheaper than producing this chemical from ants.

Paying attention to the conclusion is very important. It talks about the cost factor not the benefit factor. So, A and B can be eliminated.
C is out of scope.
D is incorrect because we are not interested as to how those wounds can be treated.
E is the answer.
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