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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

Unique Germline Variants Found Among Black Prostate Cancer Patients

Through an exome sequencing study appearing in JCO Precision Oncology, researchers have found unique pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants within a cohort of Black prostate cancer patients.

Analysis of Endogenous Parvoviral Elements Found Within Animal Genomes

Researchers at PLOS Biology have examined the coevolution of endogenous parvoviral elements and animal genomes to gain insight into using the viruses as gene therapy vectors.

Saliva Testing Can Reveal Mosaic CNVs Important in Intellectual Disability

An Australian team has compared the yield of chromosomal microarray testing of both blood and saliva samples for syndromic intellectual disability in the European Journal of Human Genetics.

Octopus Brain Complexity Linked to MicroRNA Expansions

Investigators saw microRNA gene expansions coinciding with complex brains when they analyzed certain cephalopod transcriptomes, as they report in Science Advances.