NEW YORK, Aug. 15 – Merck has acquired a non-exclusive license to Lexicon Genetics' gene-targeting technologies, bringing to 16 the total number of licensees for the technologies, Lexicon said on Wednesday.

Details of the agreement were not disclosed.

Lexicon Genetics, of The Woodlands, Texas, uses gene-knockout technology to identify genes of medical interest. In addition to licensing this technology, Lexicon uses it to develop its own drug-discovery efforts.

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