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Leaving Cert students asked question on horsemeat scandal

They were also asked about the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, a question which may have thrown students as it is not a compulsory disorder on the syllabus.

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THERE WERE MORE contemporary issues cropping up on Leaving Certificate papers today with the horsemeat scandal appearing on the higher level Biology exam.

In the long questions section, students were asked about the role of DNA in horsemeat analysis. Mona Murray, biology teacher at the Institute of Education, said today that this questions was “challenging” and “wide ranging”.

Those sitting the exam were also asked about the use of enzymes in biological washing powders.

Murray said a good question on the nervous system appeared on the exam, covering nerve impulse transmission and the brain. However she said a question asking for the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease “strayed a bit off course” as this is not a compulsory disorder for students to know on the syllabus.

The teacher said well prepared students will have been “well rewarded in this exam”.

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