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# With Emergence of Biotechnology Companies, it was feared

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With Emergence of Biotechnology Companies, it was feared that they would impose silence about proprietary results on their in-house researchers and their academic consultants. This Constraint, in turn, would slow the development of biological science and engineering.

Which of the following, if true, would tend to weaken most seriously the prediction of scientific secrecy described above?

A) Biotechnological research funded by industry has reached some conclusions that are of major scientific importance.

B) When the results of scientific research are kept secret, independent researchers are unable to build on those results.

C) Since the research priorities of biotechnology companies are not the same as those of academic institutions, the financial support of research by such companies distorts the research agenda.

D) To enhance the companies' standing in the scientific community, the biotechnology companies encourage employees to publish their results, especially results that are important.

E) Biotechnology companies devote some of their research resources to problems that are of fundamental scientific importance and that are not expected to produce immediate practical applications.

What is meant by "the prediction of scientific secrecy described above:"
Doesnt it mean the conclusion "imposing silence about proprietary results on their in-house researchers and their academic consultants would slow the development of biological science and engineering. " ?
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28 Dec 2010, 10:36
The prediction of scientific secrecy is simply the way of referring to the initial statement.

In this one all you need to know is that

1. In house and academic consultants may be kept silent
2. If kept silent it would hurt the field of study from advancing

A. Incorrect. If anything this strengthens the argument since important things will be kept secret

B. Incorrect. This clearly strengthens the argument.

C. Incorrect. Out of scope. Financial reasons have no bearing on the outcome

D. Correct. This states that the prediction is basically false. They will not be kept silent, especially in important research, and their results will be made public to other firms

E. Incorrect. Even if the results are unimportant short term they are still going to slow down others using those results to advance technology.
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29 Dec 2010, 00:39
fitzgerald23 wrote:
The prediction of scientific secrecy is simply the way of referring to the initial statement.

In this one all you need to know is that

1. In house and academic consultants may be kept silent
2. If kept silent it would hurt the field of study from advancing

A. Incorrect. If anything this strengthens the argument since important things will be kept secret

B. Incorrect. This clearly strengthens the argument.

C. Incorrect. Out of scope. Financial reasons have no bearing on the outcome

D. Correct. This states that the prediction is basically false. They will not be kept silent, especially in important research, and their results will be made public to other firms

E. Incorrect. Even if the results are unimportant short term they are still going to slow down others using those results to advance technology.

Hi Fitzgerald , thanks for replying but this is not what i am asking.
I wanna know what does the prediction of secrecy mean ?
Does it mean 1 or 2
1. In house and academic consultants may be kept silent
or
2. If kept silent it would hurt the field of study from advancing
U said Initial statement ie:1
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29 Dec 2010, 00:46
Are u eliminating D because 'independent researchers means researchers who dont work for any Biotechnology Company.
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this is the typical weaken question , i got this wrong. because i could not single out the conclusion.
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With Emergence of Biotechnology Companies, it was feared that they would impose silence about proprietary results on their in-house researchers and their academic consultants. This Constraint, in turn, would slow the development of biological science and engineering.

[b]Weaken the argument - what enhances the development of biological science and engineering.

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Which of the following, if true, would tend to weaken most seriously the prediction of scientific secrecy described above?

A) Biotechnological research funded by industry has reached some conclusions that are of major scientific importance.
No enhancement.
B) When the results of scientific research are kept secret, independent researchers are unable to build on those results.
No enhancement.

C) Since the research priorities of biotechnology companies are not the same as those of academic institutions, the financial support of research by such companies distorts the research agenda.

Irrelevant.

D) To enhance the companies' standing in the scientific community, the biotechnology companies encourage employees to publish their results, especially results that are important.

Enhancement. YES. Correct.
E) Biotechnology companies devote some of their research resources to problems that are of fundamental scientific importance and that are not expected to produce immediate practical applications.

Does not matter.
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