NEW YORK, August 1 – Lexicon Genetics has licensed Valentis' GeneSwitch gene regulation technology for use in its functional genomics research, the companies said on Wednesday.

Lexicon, based in The Woodlands, Texas, is the third company to license the technology from Valentis after GlaxoSmithKline and Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories signed similar deals earlier this year. 

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