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restriction enzyme

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An enzyme that causes a molecule of foreign DNA to break. Such enzymes occur in many bacteria, where they destroy viruses. Restriction enzymes are used widely in genetic engineering.

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Overview page. Subjects: Chemistry.

(short interspersed element)

Any of a class of dispersed moderately repetitive DNA found in eukaryotes, consisting of numerous copies (>105) of relatively short (<500 bp) sequences...

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