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OG_VPR # 15 Consumers may think that genetic engineering of

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Consumers may think that genetic engineering of foods is something new, but humans have been modifying plants for ages; the _________ is not that new genes are introduced but that genes can now be moved from one species to another.

A) novelty

B) quandary

C) advantage

D) innovation

E) discrepancy

F) predicament

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Re: OG_VPR # 15 Consumers may think that genetic engineering of [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2016, 07:02
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The last part of the sentence makes a distinction between the fact of genetic modification and the particulars of how this modification is done. This distinction is made in order to support the sentence’s implication that consumers who believe that genetic engineering itself is new are mistaken. Therefore, the distinction must relate to what about genetic engineering is in fact new, so the blank must be completed with words that are synonymous with “newness.” Both “novelty” and “innovation” fit this description, and the pairing produces sentences alike in meaning, so it is the correct answer. Of the other responses, while “quandary” and “predicament” are synonymous, nothing in the rest of the sentence mentions the problematic aspects of genetic engineering; therefore they do not fit the meaning of the sentence as well as the correct pairing. “Advantage” has no synonym among the choices, nor does the passage otherwise mention genetic engineering’s benefits. “Discrepancy” likewise has no synonyms among the choices; it also does not describe the subject of the distinction made in the latter half of the sentence. Thus the correct answer is novelty (Choice A) and innovation (Choice D).
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