Biology

William and Mary students prepare for 'World Cup of Science'

William and Mary students prepare for 'World Cup of Science'

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...

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