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Recently, the research and development departments at major pharmaceutical companies have been experimenting with new injections that provide the boost in iron that anemic children need to reverse their condition. These companies have expressed confidence that children who are suffering from anemia will be cured relatively simply through the use of such biochemical supplements.

In concluding that the biochemical remedy being developed will have its desired effect, the pharmaceutical companies assume that

(a)major pharmaceutical companies have the primary responsibility to cure childhood anemia
(b)a low iron level in the body is the major factor influencing the incidence of anemia in children
(c)a diet rich in iron cannot improve the conditions of children suffering from anemia to the point that biochemical supplements would become unnecessary
(d)children afflicted with anemia will find out about and submit to injections that can reverse their conditions
(e)the use of biochemical supplements is the safest way to cure anemia in children
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Major pharmaceutical companies states that new injection that provides iron boost would help anemic children to reverse their condition. Then these companies conclude that anemic children can be simply cured by using such biochemical supplements. The assumption here is that children intake enough or sufficient iron only by injection biochemical supplement, not by other methods such as eating a diet rich in iron or taking pills that supplement iron.
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Recently, the research and development departments at major pharmaceutical companies have been experimenting with new injections that provide the boost in iron that anemic children need to reverse their condition. These companies have expressed confidence that children who are suffering from anemia will be cured relatively simply through the use of such biochemical supplements.

In concluding that the biochemical remedy being developed will have its desired effect, the pharmaceutical companies assume that

major pharmaceutical companies have the primary responsibility to cure childhood anemia
a low iron level in the body is the major factor influencing the incidence of anemia in children
a diet rich in iron cannot improve the conditions of children suffering from anemia to the point that biochemical supplements would become unnecessary
children afflicted with anemia will find out about and submit to injections that can reverse their conditions
the use of biochemical supplements is the safest way to cure anemia in children


the OA is D. I was stuck between B and D. Went for B but realized D also makes sense.

B - talks about the cause. I made the mistake of using my knowledge of anemia and concluded that the only reason for anemia is iron deficiency. That might or might not be the case but what the company is claiming is that anemia can be cured with iron injection. So B isn't necessarily an assumption necessary.
C - the key here is the claim that it can be "relatively simply" cured. While diet might be a way but we do not know if it is simple or not. May be it takes many years to cure. even if diet does cure it is not necessary to assume that everyone has access to diet or the injection will not cure. we should focus on the injections. moving on to diet is a scope shift.
D - This works well if you negate it. If children refuse to take or are unaware of such a thing ..it then it just isnt going to work. So D has to be an assumption that the pharma company has to work with.

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i would go with B.

The companies are just saying that their medicine will cure people suffering from anemia . so how D?

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Recently, the research and development departments at major pharmaceutical companies have been experimenting with new injections that provide [highlight]the boost in iron that anemic children need to reverse their condition[/highlight]. These companies have expressed confidence that children who are suffering from anemia will be cured relatively simply through the use of such biochemical supplements.

In concluding that the biochemical remedy being developed will have its desired effect (desired effect is that children will be cured), the pharmaceutical companies assume that

(A) major pharmaceutical companies have the primary responsibility to cure childhood anemia (Irrelevant)
(B) a low iron level in the body is the major factor influencing the incidence of anemia in children (Look at the highlighted part above. This is something already mentioned in the stimulus. It has to be taken as true. It is not an assumption)
(C) a diet rich in iron cannot improve the conditions of children suffering from anemia to the point that biochemical supplements would become unnecessary (The point here is not whether diet can cure anemia or not. The point is can the children be cured by the use of the injection. Even if diet can cure the children and injections become unnecessary, still we want to establish whether the injection can also cure the children)
(D) children afflicted with anemia will find out about and submit to injections that can reverse their conditions (Children will be cured if they come to get the injection and the injection is effective. Here the assumption is that the children will come to get the injection. They will not be cured by this method, if they don't come to get the injection)
(E) the use of biochemical supplements is the safest way to cure anemia in children (Irrelevant to the question - very important otherwise

I would have preferred an assumption such as 'Iron is the only thing you need to be cured' but well, you live with what you get!


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Recently, the research and development departments at major pharmaceutical companies have been experimenting with new injections that provide the boost in iron that anemic children need to reverse their condition. These companies have expressed confidence that children who are suffering from [highlight]anemia will be cured relatively simply through the use of such biochemical supplements[/highlight].

In concluding that the biochemical remedy being developed will have its desired effect, the pharmaceutical companies assume that

major pharmaceutical companies have the primary responsibility to cure childhood anemia
a low iron level in the body is the major factor influencing the incidence of anemia in children
a diet rich in iron cannot improve the conditions of children suffering from anemia to the point that biochemical supplements would become unnecessary
children afflicted with anemia will find out about and submit to injections that can reverse their conditions
the use of biochemical supplements is the safest way to cure anemia in children

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But the comapany says with the use of biochemical supplements.

The company explicitly specified with the use of biochemical supplements.
The company is true on their part but if students don`t get to know about the medicine that is their problem.

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But the comapany says with the use of biochemical supplements.



I am not sure what your question is. Is it that they say that anemia will be cured by the use of biochemical supplements, not the injection?
If yes, then they mention "In concluding that the biochemical remedy being developed will have its desired effect..." which definitely implies the injection that is being developed is a biochemical remedy.
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But the comapany says with the use of biochemical supplements.

The company explicitly specified with the use of biochemical supplements.
The company is true on their part but if students don`t get to know about the medicine that is their problem.


Look at it this way. The question specifically states "In concluding that the biochemical remedy being developed will have its desired effect" ... They are concluding that it will have desired effect.. What is the desired effect? It is that children WILL BE cured.
If we are concluding that they will be cured, we are assuming that they will be willing to use the injection...

If I say, my method of solving equations will change the way people do Math. What are my assumptions? Not just that my method is effective but also that people will be willing to use my method.

At Veritas, we use something called Assumption Negation Technique. An assumption is a missing necessary premise. In case assumption is negated, the conclusion cannot be true.
So if we negate the option "children afflicted with anemia will find out about and submit to injections that can reverse their conditions" and make it "children afflicted with anemia will not find out about the injection and will not submit to it", then can we conclude that the injection will cure the children? No. So it has to be an assumption.

Besides, there isn't any other option even close to being an assumption.
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Recently, the research and development departments at major pharmaceutical companies have been experimenting with new injections that provide the boost in iron that anemic children need to reverse their condition. These companies have expressed confidence that children who are suffering from anemia will be cured relatively simply through the use of such biochemical supplements.

In concluding that the biochemical remedy being developed will have its desired effect, the pharmaceutical companies assume that

major pharmaceutical companies have the primary responsibility to cure childhood anemia
a low iron level in the body is the major factor influencing the incidence of anemia in children
a diet rich in iron cannot improve the conditions of children suffering from anemia to the point that biochemical supplements would become unnecessary
children afflicted with anemia will find out about and submit to injections that can reverse their conditions
the use of biochemical supplements is the safest way to cure anemia in children


I have serious issues with the wording here, since it's open to two completely legitimate interpretations; the phrase "children who are suffering from anemia will be cured" could mean two different things. It could mean "*all* children with anemia will be cured" (this is the interpretation that they intend), or it could mean "this supplement is a successful cure for anemia". I find the second interpretation far more reasonable than the first. To give a parallel example, if a veterinarian says "this injection will cure rabies in dogs", he or she surely doesn't mean "because of this injection, rabies will, in the future, be completely eradicated in dogs". Instead he or she means "if a dog takes this injection, the dog's rabies will be cured".

Now, if you take "children who are suffering from anemia will be cured" to mean "this supplement is an effective cure for those who take it", then D is not a relevant assumption at all; a supplement can be an effective cure for a disease even if no one actually uses it. Only B would be a good answer in that case. I disagree with the posts above which dismiss B as an assumption; it is an assumption in the argument. The stem tells us that iron boosts are *necessary* to reverse anemia. The stem does not tell us that iron boosts are *sufficient* to reverse anemia. The iron supplements will only reverse anemia if nothing in addition to iron is needed to reverse anemia. To give a different example, if I say "I need a tent to go camping. I have a tent, so I can go camping", then I'm assuming that a tent is *all* I need to go camping - that is, I'm assuming that the tent alone is sufficient for camping, and that I don't need, say, food as well. Since B suggests that iron supplements are the only thing required to reverse anemia, it does provide a missing assumption in the argument.

Now, if instead you interpret "children who are suffering from anemia will be cured" to mean that anemia will be eliminated because of the supplement, then D is certainly a good answer, but I think that's a bizarre way to interpret the question stem here.

Given how I interpret the question, I think B is a better answer than D here, though someone who interprets the question differently can certainly justify answer D. I find the whole question problematic, so I wouldn't suggest devoting much time to it.
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I m confused B\W C & D

argmnt: use of injctn -> boost the iron agnst anemia
Co confident that treatment by bio suppmnts is the simple way to treat anemia

C- co. is confident as assuming that only injection is the way to treat & no other way such as food can treat better.

D - co. is confident as assuming that children ll submit themselves for injection

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I definitely agree with you Ian.
My concern is that option B says:
"a low iron level in the body is the major factor influencing the incidence of anemia in children"

They call it the major factor, something that is necessary, not the only factor. (Again a matter of interpretation, I guess)

Therefore, I feel the need to discount it and look for an alternative. This leads me to interpret it the way they meant it.

As I said in my first post of this topic - I would have preferred an assumption such as 'Iron is the only thing you need to be cured'

But of course, no point spending too much time on it.
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I thought that the B is already mentioned in the stimulous as premise and so couldn't be an answer. Still went for it.

I was not convinced with the placement of words in option -D

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Recently, the research and development departments at major pharmaceutical companies have been experimenting with new injections that provide the boost in iron that anemic children need to reverse their condition. These companies have expressed confidence that children who are suffering from anemia will be cured relatively simply through the use of such biochemical supplements.

In concluding that the biochemical remedy being developed will have its desired effect, the pharmaceutical companies assume that

A. major pharmaceutical companies have the primary responsibility to cure childhood anemia
B. a low iron level in the body is the major factor influencing the incidence of anemia in children
C. a diet rich in iron cannot improve the conditions of children suffering from anemia to the point that biochemical supplements would become unnecessary
D. children afflicted with anemia will find out about and submit to injections that can reverse their conditions
E. the use of biochemical supplements is the safest way to cure anemia in children

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I will go with D,

Negate the statement :If children aren't aware of such injection or refrain from using it, then no way this will work to cure anemia.

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