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Human Genome Loss Widens

Revenue for the third quarter is better than expected.

Human Genome Sciences


reported a wider loss in the third quarter, but brought in better revenue than Wall Street expected.

The biopharmaceutical company lost $60.8 million, or 46 cents a share, in the latest quarter. The results include $6.4 million, or 5 cents a share, in stock-based compensation expenses.

For the same period a year ago, Human Genome lost $54.4 million, or 42 cents a share. In 2005, stock-based compensation costs weren't recognized.

Human Genome's revenue exceeded expectations, coming in at $6.7 million in the third quarter, compared with analysts' estimates of $5.93 million. The company had a top line of $5.9 million a year ago.

Revenue included a $2.6 million upfront payment from

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Shares of Human Genome fell 2% to $13.55 Wednesday morning.