According to an article in Science News, binge eating has been associated with a mutation of the gene for a brain protein called melanocortin 4 receptor (MC4R). In one study, F. Horber of the Hirslanden Clinic in Zurich and his colleagues genetically analyzed the blood of 469 obese people and found that 24 carried a mutated MC4R gene. Suppose that you want to estimate the proportion of all obese people who carry a mutated MC4R gene.
a. Determine the margin of error for a 90% confidence interval.
b. Without doing any calculations, indicate whether the margin of error is larger or smaller for a 95% confidence interval. Explain your answer.

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