NEW YORK, Dec. 18 – Exelixis and France’s Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology have identified genes that play a role in immunity, Exelixis said Tuesday.

The findings, which have been published in the Dec. 18 issue of The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , may have implications for the development of new treatments for asthma and rheumatoid arthritis, Exelixis said.

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