NEW YORK, Jan 5 – Senomyx has licensed Incyte's gene sequence databases to discover genes involved in taste, olfaction, and the detection of pheromones, the companies said Friday.

Under the terms of the multi-year agreement, Senomyx will have access to Incyte's LifeSeq Gold gene sequence database, ZooSeq animal model database, and bioinformatics capabilities.

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