PALO ALTO, Calif.--Incyte Pharmaceuticals is about to join the government's human genome sequencing project through a collaboration with the University of Washington in Seattle. The university's sequencing effort, led by Maynard Olson, professor of genetics, molecular biotechnology, and medicine, was recently awarded a three-year, $20 million grant by the US National Human Genome Research Institute, with $7 million of that to be awarded immediately.

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