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Mammals cannot digest cellulose and therefore cannot directly

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Mammals cannot digest cellulose and therefore cannot directly obtain glucose from wood. Mushrooms can, however; and some mushrooms use cellulose to make highly branched polymers, the branches of which are a form of glucose called beta-glucans. Beta-glucan extracts from various types of mushrooms slow, reverse, or prevent the growth of cancerous tumors in mammals, and the antitumor activity of beta-glucans increases as the degree of branching increases. These extracts prevent tumor growth not by killing cancer cells directly but by increasing immune-cell activity.

Which one of the following is most strongly supported by the information above?

(A) Mammals obtain no beneficial health effects from eating cellulose.

(B) If extracts from a type of mushroom slow, reverse, or prevent the growth of cancerous tumors in mammals, then the mushroom is capable of using cellulose to make beta-glucans.

(C) The greater the degree of branching of beta-glucans, the greater the degree of immune-cell activity it triggers in mammals.

(D) Immune-cell activity in mammals does not prevent tumor growth by killing cancer cells.

(E) Any organism capable of obtaining glucose from wood can use cellulose to make beta-glucans.

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C : correct answer
as it is a must be true question, word by word this only holds true,
but it took me some time to solve.
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Mammals cannot digest cellulose and therefore cannot directly obtain glucose from wood. Mushrooms can, however; and some mushrooms use cellulose to make highly branched polymers, the branches of which are a form of glucose called beta-glucans. Beta-glucan extracts from various types of mushrooms slow, reverse, or prevent the growth of cancerous tumors in mammals, and the antitumor activity of beta-glucans increases as the degree of branching increases. These extracts prevent tumor growth not by killing cancer cells directly but by increasing immune-cell activity.

Which one of the following is most strongly supported by the information above?

(A) Mammals obtain no beneficial health effects from eating cellulose.

(B) If extracts from a type of mushroom slow, reverse, or prevent the growth of cancerous tumors in mammals, then the mushroom is capable of using cellulose to make beta-glucans.

(C) The greater the degree of branching of beta-glucans, the greater the degree of immune-cell activity it triggers in mammals.

(D) Immune-cell activity in mammals does not prevent tumor growth by killing cancer cells.

(E) Any organism capable of obtaining glucose from wood can use cellulose to make beta-glucans.

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(A) Argument says nothing about beneficial health effects: "Mammals cannot digest cellulose and obtain glucose from wood." There might be other beneficial health effects, we do not know
(B) Reverses reasoning in the argument
Argument: "If mushrooms can convert cellulose into beta-glucans -> prevent tumors
Answer choice: prevent tumors > capable of using cellulose to make beta-glucans.
(C) Contender as it is well supported in the stimulus:"antitumor activity of beta-glucans increases as the degree of branching increases"
(D) Stimulus: "These extracts prevent tumor growth not by killing cancer cells". We know don't know how immune-cell activity prevents tumor growth. Shell game?
(E) too broad. we are talking about mushrooms
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C : correct answer
as it is a must be true question, word by word this only holds true,
but it took me some time to solve.


Hi, I was able to narrow down to Option C & D, but eventually ended up choosing option D. Can you please suggest me why D is a poor choice over C?
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Mammals cannot digest cellulose and therefore cannot directly obtain glucose from wood. Mushrooms can, however; and some mushrooms use cellulose to make highly branched polymers, the branches of which are a form of glucose called beta-glucans. Beta-glucan extracts from various types of mushrooms slow, reverse, or prevent the growth of cancerous tumors in mammals, and the antitumor activity of beta-glucans increases as the degree of branching increases. These extracts prevent tumor growth not by killing cancer cells directly but by increasing immune-cell activity.

Which one of the following is most strongly supported by the information above?

(A) Mammals obtain no beneficial health effects from eating cellulose.

(B) If extracts from a type of mushroom slow, reverse, or prevent the growth of cancerous tumors in mammals, then the mushroom is capable of using cellulose to make beta-glucans.

(C) The greater the degree of branching of beta-glucans, the greater the degree of immune-cell activity it triggers in mammals.

(D) Immune-cell activity in mammals does not prevent tumor growth by killing cancer cells.

(E) Any organism capable of obtaining glucose from wood can use cellulose to make beta-glucans.

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- Some mushrooms use cellulose to make highly branched polymers, the branches of which are a form of glucose called beta-glucans.
- Beta-glucan extracts from various types of mushrooms slow, reverse, or prevent the growth of cancerous tumors in mammals
- The antitumor activity of beta-glucans increases as the degree of branching increases.
- These extracts prevent tumor growth NOT by killing cancer cells directly BUT BY increasing immune-cell activity.

The premises tell us that the antitumor activity increases as degree of branching increases. They also tell us that antitumour activity is "increasing immune-cell activity". So we can deduce that degree of immune cell activity increases as degree of branching increases.
This is option (C) and is correct.

(D) Immune-cell activity in mammals does not prevent tumor growth by killing cancer cells.

Not correct. In fact, it seems that immune cell activity does prevent tutor growth. Beta gluten increases immune-cell activity leading to preventing tutor growth. So it seems that increased immune cell activity does in fact prevent tumour growth.
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