- Tue Feb 02, 2021 2:54 pm
That's an interesting suggestion, but I'd be careful with it here. The question asks what Colwell would be most likely to believe, and, at least for the region she studied in Asia, there was such a high percentage of positive samples (51/52) that I think she'd be likely to believe any given water sample from that region would contain the bacteria in question.
As Adam and Kelsey helpfully pointed out above, the language "throughout Asia" is more problematic in answer choice E. Since we only know that Colwell worked in one specific coastal region of Asia (the Bay of Bengal), we have no evidence of what would happen, or what she would believe her tests would reveal, in other coastal regions of Asia. Thus, we are truly in the dark in regard to this answer (whereas we know from the passage she had a strong belief that she had isolated the bacteria from the Chesapeake Bay).
I hope this helps!