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The sentence is as below,

The discovery is being resisted by many people for exploiting fetal tissue.

It seems more appropriate to interpret it as below,
"exploiting fetal tissue" is the reason of "many people resist the discovery"

My questions is, is it able to use the preposition "for" for agreement and interpret it as below,
"many people who agree with exploiting fetal tissue" resisted the discovery. \

Is it grammatically and semantically possible?
Thank you for your kindness in advance.

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+the discovery : a possible treatment for strokes and degenerative diseases by the transplantation of human fetal tissue into the brain to repair damage.

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The discovery is being resisted by many people for exploiting fetal tissue.

The discovery is being resisted by many people for excluding fetal tissue.

which is right?

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The sentence means The discovery is being resisted by many people because it involves exploiting fetal tissue.

It's true that for can mean in favour of, but the interpretation 'resisted by people who are in favour of exploiting fetal tissue' is very unlikely. In any case, it doesn't make sense; why would such people object to a procedure which uses fetal tissue?

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  • I also think the interpretation with 'in favor of' is unnatural. Then how about the sentence "The discovery is being resisted by many people for excluding fetal tissue."?? May 9 at 7:42
  • I've already said that that sentence is acceptable in the sense I gave. May 9 at 7:44
  • Can you check the sentence again? // The first sentence is “The discovery is being resisted by many people for exploiting fetal tissue.” and the second is “The discovery is being resisted by many people for excluding fetal tissue. May 9 at 8:15
  • exploit / exclude May 9 at 8:17
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    Oh, I beg your pardon. I didn't notice that you had changed a word in the sentence. I still think that resisted for [doing something] would be understood to mean resisted because it [does something]. If the other sense was intended, we would say resisted by many people who are for... or, more likely, who are in favour of... May 9 at 8:41

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