College of William and Mary student Ethan Jones usually arrives at the lab four or five minutes late.
When he opens the door to the first-floor room in the Integrated Science Center at about 10:05 a.m., two or three of his team partners are already there, and they make fun of him for not showing up on time.
He works, grabs lunch around 12:30 p.m., returns, works more, gets dinner at 6 p.m., returns and starts working again — sometimes he stays until midnight, sometimes until 2 a.m.
Jones is the captain of William and Mary’s team preparing for the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition this fall.
Now in its 15th year, iGEM is a grueling...