NEW YORK, Dec 22 - Deltagen said Friday that it has signed Pfizer as the second licensee to its DeltaBase gene function database.

Under the terms of the agreement, Pfizer will have non-exclusive access to in vivo mammalian gene function information on 750 genes in DeltaBase, as well as access to corresponding DeltaBase intellectual property rights.

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