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GMAT - Critical Reasoning - Weaken the argument

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

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.

This question asks us to weaken the argument. The conclusion states that Biotechnology companies are imposing secrecy on their research studies, which in turn will slow down the development of biological science and engineering. Among the answer choices, answer choice D is the correct one. It is a direct contradiction to the conclusion stated in the passage. The answer choice states that companies are encouraging employees to publish their results. And the passage clearly states that the companies are preventing their research from going public.