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Lexicon Using Paracel, Creating Mice for Parke-Davis and Millennium

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THE WOODLANDS, Texas--Lexicon Genetics is using Paracel's GeneMatcher genomic data search accelerator to assist its efforts to characterize the biologic function of new genes being discovered through Lexicon's gene-trapping technology and bioinformatics platform.

"The incorporation of Paracel's GeneMatcher into our bioinformatics analysis data flow has vastly accelerated the identification of valuable drug targets and therapeutic proteins contained in Lexicon's Human Gene Trap database," said Christophe Person, director of informatics at Lexicon Genetics.

In other news, Lexicon said it will generate custom knockout mice for Parke-Davis and Millennium Pharmaceuticals using proprietary and patented technologies in homologous recombination. Millennium's three-year contract requires it to select certain minimum quantities of mice during each year of the deal. Financial terms of the agreements were not disclosed.

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