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# Q14. The milk of many mammals contains cannabinoids,

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The milk of many mammals contains cannabinoids, substances that are known to stimulate certain receptors in the brain. To investigate the function of cannabinoids, researchers injected newborn mice with a chemical that is known to block cannabinoids from reaching their receptors in the brain. The injected mice showed far less interest in feeding than normal newborn mice do. Therefore, cannabinoids probably function to stimulate the appetite.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

A. Newborn mice do not normally ingest any substance other than their mothersâ€™ milk.
B. Cannabinoids are the only substances in mammalsâ€™ milk that stimulate the appetite.
C. The mothers of newborn mice do not normally make any effort to encourage their babies to feed.
D. The milk of mammals would be less nutritious if it did not contain cannabinoids.
E. The chemical that blocks cannabinoids from stimulating their brain receptors does not independently inhibit the appetite.

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Originally posted by nakib77 on 07 Oct 2005, 14:47.
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07 Oct 2005, 15:20
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E, I think.

I was initially thinking A. But settled on E as being the more correct answer.

This is a trap by the testing methodology by throwing up a seemingly good answer at the beginning and saving the best answer for last - kinda testing whether your brain has grown tired...

Does anybody know whether the order of the options is randomized by the CAT or remains the same for a particular question?
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07 Oct 2005, 21:20
B. Cannabinoids are the only substances in mammalsâ€™ milk that stimulate the appetite.

if other than Cannabinoids stimulates the appetite, the resercher would have not found chamically injected mice not having intreset in feeding.
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07 Oct 2005, 21:24
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HIMALAYA wrote:
B. Cannabinoids are the only substances in mammalsâ€™ milk that stimulate the appetite.

if other than Cannabinoids stimulates the appetite, the resercher would have not found chamically injected mice not having intreset in feeding.

I disagree. Talking from a researcher's point of view, the mice would still have access to the mother's milk. A standard technique to study the actions of a substance is to block it using an inhibitor of the substance in study. One of the main concerns is the effects that the inhibitor may have by itself. So, E is the logical answer.
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07 Oct 2005, 22:07
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E is the best choice.

If it were not true, the observation on mice behaviour may be because of the inhibitant rather than the Cannabinoids.
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08 Oct 2005, 03:51
E. The purpose of the assumption is to isolate cannabinoids as the primary cause that stimulates the appetite.

BTW, the conclusion is true
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08 Oct 2005, 06:44
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anandsebastin wrote:
HIMALAYA wrote:
B. Cannabinoids are the only substances in mammalsâ€™ milk that stimulate the appetite.

if other than Cannabinoids stimulates the appetite, the resercher would have not found chamically injected mice not having intreset in feeding.

I disagree. Talking from a researcher's point of view, the mice would still have access to the mother's milk. A standard technique to study the actions of a substance is to block it using an inhibitor of the substance in study. One of the main concerns is the effects that the inhibitor may have by itself. So, E is the logical answer.

hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm............i will think about it again...................
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08 Oct 2005, 07:37
Premise:
1) The milk of many mammals contains cannabinoids
2) Cannabinioids are known to stimulate certain receptors in the brain
3) To investigate function of cannabinoids, researchers injected newborn mice with a chemical to prevent canndibnoids from reaching brain receptors
4) Injected mice showed far less interest in feeding than normal newborn mice

Conclusion:
5) Cannnabidnoids probably function to stimulate appeatite

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

A, C and D are irrelevant

Between B and E, B is a better chioice. If Cannabinoids are the only substances in mamml's mlik that stimulate appetite, then preventing the brain from receiving information, the newborn mice would have far less interest in feeding

E however, just says the chemical that prevents cannabinoids from stimulating brain ceceptors does not independently inhibit appetite. However, how does this show that cannabinoids is the one and only substance in mammal's milk that stimulates appetite. There could be three to four stimulants, and E doesn't go out of the way to prove they don't exists.

B however states cannbinoids is the only substance, so there's no doubt only cannabinoids in milk will stimulate appetite.
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08 Oct 2005, 10:51
I think it is E

As a researcher myself, I know that E is one of the negative controls to be included in the experiment. I guess it is already assumed.

As the last sentence states "probable function", so B might not be the answer.
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09 Oct 2005, 11:28
Good job guys.... OA is E.

I don't have the OE, but you guys explained it very nicely.
Thank you.
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The milk of many mammals contains cannabinoids, substances [#permalink]

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14 Oct 2007, 20:03
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The milk of many mammals contains cannabinoids, substances that are known to stimulate certain receptors in the brain. To investigate the function of cannabinoids, researchers injected newborn mice with a chemical that is known to block cannabinoides from reaching their receptors in the brain. The injected mice showed far less interest in feeding than normal newborn mice do. Therefore, cannabinoids probably function to stimulate the appetite.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

A. Newborn mice do not normally ingest any substance other than their
mothers’ milk.
B. Cannabinoids are the only substances in mammals’ milk that stimulate the appetite.
C. The mothers of newborn mice do not normally make any effort to encourage their babies to feed.
D. The milk of mammals would be less nutritious if it did not contain cannabinoids.
E. The chemical that blocks cannabinoids from stimulating their brain receptors does not independently inhibit the appetite.
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14 Oct 2007, 20:05
Assumption: "feeding" involves receptor action so B follows
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14 Oct 2007, 20:14
singh_amit19 wrote:
The milk of many mammals contains cannabinoids, substances that are known to stimulate certain receptors in the brain. To investigate the function of cannabinoids, researchers injected newborn mice with a chemical that is known to block cannabinoides from reaching their receptors in the brain. The injected mice showed far less interest in feeding than normal newborn mice do. Therefore, cannabinoids probably function to stimulate the appetite.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

A. Newborn mice do not normally ingest any substance other than their
mothers’ milk.
B. Cannabinoids are the only substances in mammals’ milk that stimulate the appetite.
C. The mothers of newborn mice do not normally make any effort to encourage their babies to feed.
D. The milk of mammals would be less nutritious if it did not contain cannabinoids.
E. The chemical that blocks cannabinoids from stimulating their brain receptors does not independently inhibit the appetite.

this was between B and E but i think E is a stronger assumption. it could be that the chemicals they injected caused the mice's appetites to decrease and not the absence of cannabinoids
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14 Oct 2007, 20:22
beckee529 wrote:
singh_amit19 wrote:
The milk of many mammals contains cannabinoids, substances that are known to stimulate certain receptors in the brain. To investigate the function of cannabinoids, researchers injected newborn mice with a chemical that is known to block cannabinoides from reaching their receptors in the brain. The injected mice showed far less interest in feeding than normal newborn mice do. Therefore, cannabinoids probably function to stimulate the appetite.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

A. Newborn mice do not normally ingest any substance other than their
mothers’ milk.
B. Cannabinoids are the only substances in mammals’ milk that stimulate the appetite.
C. The mothers of newborn mice do not normally make any effort to encourage their babies to feed.
D. The milk of mammals would be less nutritious if it did not contain cannabinoids.
E. The chemical that blocks cannabinoids from stimulating their brain receptors does not independently inhibit the appetite.

this was between B and E but i think E is a stronger assumption. it could be that the chemicals they injected caused the mice's appetites to decrease and not the absence of cannabinoids

You are correct OA is E....please explain a little more on E!
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14 Oct 2007, 22:19
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singh_amit19 wrote:
The milk of many mammals contains cannabinoids, substances that are known to stimulate certain receptors in the brain. To investigate the function of cannabinoids, researchers injected newborn mice with a chemical that is known to block cannabinoides from reaching their receptors in the brain. The injected mice showed far less interest in feeding than normal newborn mice do. Therefore, cannabinoids probably function to stimulate the appetite.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

A. Newborn mice do not normally ingest any substance other than their
mothers’ milk.
B. Cannabinoids are the only substances in mammals’ milk that stimulate the appetite.
C. The mothers of newborn mice do not normally make any effort to encourage their babies to feed.
D. The milk of mammals would be less nutritious if it did not contain cannabinoids.
E. The chemical that blocks cannabinoids from stimulating their brain receptors does not independently inhibit the appetite.

E.

The only variables that were different between the control group "normal newborn mice" and "injected newborn mice" was the chemical and the cannabinoids. Since we're testing for the latter, if we can fault the chemical, then the experiment is not valid.

B is not as strong because say, for instance, the chemical caused them to have only 10% of the energy they normally would have. This would not be a direct change in their appetite, but they may show low-appetite behavior.
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14 Oct 2007, 23:17
The chemical that blocks cannabinoids from stimulating their brain receptors "does not independently inhibit the appetite"
can u pls clarify on this
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15 Oct 2007, 07:52
ajay85 wrote:
The chemical that blocks cannabinoids from stimulating their brain receptors "does not independently inhibit the appetite"
can u pls clarify on this

Means it does not of its own accord (meaning by its own presence) inhibit appetite instead of indirectly inhibiting apetite by blocking canabinoids as mentioned in the passage.
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22 Oct 2007, 07:30
singh_amit19 wrote:
The milk of many mammals contains cannabinoids, substances that are known to stimulate certain receptors in the brain. To investigate the function of cannabinoids, researchers injected newborn mice with a chemical that is known to block cannabinoides from reaching their receptors in the brain. The injected mice showed far less interest in feeding than normal newborn mice do. Therefore, cannabinoids probably function to stimulate the appetite.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

A. Newborn mice do not normally ingest any substance other than their
mothers’ milk.
B. Cannabinoids are the only substances in mammals’ milk that stimulate the appetite.
C. The mothers of newborn mice do not normally make any effort to encourage their babies to feed.
D. The milk of mammals would be less nutritious if it did not contain cannabinoids.
E. The chemical that blocks cannabinoids from stimulating their brain receptors does not independently inhibit the appetite.

Its E....A--->B ..you have to make sure that there is no C --->B

or in simpler words there is no other alternative paths to the conclusion
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22 Oct 2007, 18:51
singh_amit19 wrote:
The milk of many mammals contains cannabinoids, substances that are known to stimulate certain receptors in the brain. To investigate the function of cannabinoids, researchers injected newborn mice with a chemical that is known to block cannabinoides from reaching their receptors in the brain. The injected mice showed far less interest in feeding than normal newborn mice do. Therefore, cannabinoids probably function to stimulate the appetite.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

A. Newborn mice do not normally ingest any substance other than their
mothers’ milk.
B. Cannabinoids are the only substances in mammals’ milk that stimulate the appetite.
C. The mothers of newborn mice do not normally make any effort to encourage their babies to feed.
D. The milk of mammals would be less nutritious if it did not contain cannabinoids.
E. The chemical that blocks cannabinoids from stimulating their brain receptors does not independently inhibit the appetite.

E.

A: this was my contendor til I read E. But its weak.
B: this assumption is too extreme.
C: irrelevant
D: Irrelevant

E suggests that possibly the chemical was the cause. If this were the case the argument would be weakend. So E it is.
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22 Oct 2007, 19:30
agree with E.

If the chemical blocks appetite that it does not matter if it blocks cannabinoids.
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