- a segment of RNA that can act as a catalyst.
Origin of ribozyme
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- an RNA molecule capable of catalysing a chemical reaction, usually the cleavage of another RNA molecule
C20: from ribo (nucleic acid) + (en) zyme
- A strand of RNA that attaches to specific sites on other RNA strands and lyses the strands.
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