What this "news" article lacks is any evidence that dissection has anything to do with science. It doesn't. If it did, then every butcher would be considered a scientist.
Dissection is just a "hands-on" activity to entertain children. Whether they actually learn any biology is debatable. What they do learn is that animal life is cheap and cutting up animals for entertainment makes them scientists.
According to the National Science Education Standards (link is external)(NSES) and the Benchmarks for Science Literacy (link is external),the major ideas that students must learn in biology are cells, heredity, matter and energy flow, behavior of organisms, interdependence of life, and the evolution of life. It is difficult to see how any of these are learned from watching or performing dissections.
Of six studies that actually compared test performance outcomes, four found no difference between real and virtual dissections, and one reported that the alternative group scored higher. But contrary to teachers' beliefs, no differences in interest in science were found.
My daughter refused to do a dissection in middle school, and students who had done the dissection scoffed at her, claiming, "Frogs don't have nervous systems, so it doesn't matter what you do to them." Let me repeat: This is what students who HAD done dissections told her. She did a virtual dissection and knew otherwise.