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RNA as an Enzyme: Discovery, Origins of Life, and Medical Possibilities

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Discovery of RNA's catalytic activity led to unexpected spin-offs, including a new scenario for the origin of life.

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Discovery of RNA's catalytic activity led to unexpected spin-offs, including a new scenario for the origin of life. In a different area, the ability of RNA catalysts (ribozymes) to cut and splice RNA molecules has sparked efforts to develop them as pharmaceuticals against viruses, cancer, and genetic diseases.

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