Students Shortlisted for BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.

Congratulations to three year nine students; Catherine Walsh, Cara McFadden and Sophie McGregor who will present their project “Could Nutraceuticals Stop Cancer” in the 2019 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) at the RDS Dublin in January.

This event features over 550 Science and Technology projects from across Ireland, north and south.

2600 projects were entered and just over twenty percent were successful.

The students will be investigating how nutraceuticals can affect yeast growth in a controlled environment. Nutraceuticals are chemicals which may have a health benefit. The nutraceuticals being used are chilli powder, turmeric, paprika, garlic and ginger. Yeast is a living cell and is used to model cancer cells as it grows rapidly, so which ever chemical stops respiration in yeast cells could be used to stop cancer. The students will be carrying out dozens of tests to ensure that they have valid and reliable results.

It is almost 20 years since St. Dominic's were represented in this competition. Congratulations to all involved and good luck with their scientific studies in the coming months.