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DoubleTwist has put its assets on the auction block in an effort to recoup some of the nearly $80 million investors sunk into the failed company. We thought we might help.

DoubleTwist Laptop Backpack

Former CEO John Couch personally handed this authentic DoubleTwist backpack to a GT editor two years ago and it has attended every CHI genomics meeting since.

Starting bid: $13.6 million

DoubleTwist Beer Mug

May still contain authentic traces of beer served at DoubleTwist’s last extravagant GSAC bash. (May be used for non-alcoholic beverages, too!)

Starting bid: $8.2 million

DoubleTwist Action Figure

Limited edition DoubleTwist Research Agent action figure. Still in box! Bound to be a collectors item. Removable shoes and labcoat.

Starting bid: $18.9 million

DoubleTwist T-shirt

DoubleTwist Prophecy t-shirt. Actually worn at GSAC. (Slight stains in armpits.)

Starting bid: $3.7 million

DoubleTwist Mouse Pad

DoubleTwist mousepad with floating chromosomes. Compatible with Windows, Mac, Unix, or any other PC format. Can help you click on any feature in any bioinformatics database or program! (Chromosomes not real, mouse not included.)

Starting bid: $2.3 million

* DoubleTwist stock options not accepted as payment.

The Scan

UK Funds to Stay Ahead of Variants

The UK has announced a further £29.3 million to stay on top of SARS-CoV-2 variants, the Guardian reports.

Push for Access

In a letter, researchers in India seek easier access to COVID-19 data, Science reports.

Not as Cold

Late-stage trial results are expected soon for an RNA-based vaccine that could help meet global demand as it does not require very cold storage, the New York Times writes.

Genome Research Papers on Microbes' Effects on Host Transfer RNA, Honeybee Evolution, Single-Cell Histones

In Genome Research this week: influence of microbes on transfer RNA patterns, evolutionary relationships of honeybees, and more.