TWO Dundalk students who argued in favour of animal testing have won the Debating Science Issues (DSI) 2011 national final.
St Vincent’s Secondary School students Aislinn Begley and Doireann Roche persuaded the judges that “animal testing is necessary for the advancement of disease treatment”.
The confident team from Dundalk were declared the All-Ireland winners after putting forward a convincing argument to Professor Tom Sherry, Dean of Science at NUI Galway, Dr Amy Sanders, Wellcome Trust Special Projects Manager, and Professor Orla Shiels Lecturer in Pathology and Medical Jurisprudence.
Representing Leinster, the St Vincent’s team took on Ulster before progressing to the final to take on Munster, which beat Connacht in the semi-final.
The final took place at the Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin on April 14, and was the result of a field of 56 schools narrowing to just four.
Colaiste an Phiarsaigh of Glanmire, Co Cork were the runners up at the final. Ulster was represented by St Catherine’s Vocational School, Killybegs, Co Donegal and Connacht by St Joseph’s College Garbally, Co Galway.
Debating Science Issues is a cross border schools science debating competition supported by a Wellcome Trust People Award.
The competition encourages young people to engage in debate on the cultural, societal and ethical implications of advances in biomedical science.