An enzyme that is found in the telomeres of chromosomes in germ cells, stem cells, and most cancer cells and that preserves the length of telomeres across cell divisions.(noun)
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Use "telomerase" in a sentence
"I was working with an enzyme called telomerase, which is found only in cancer cells."
"The researchers will focus on an enzyme called telomerase, which is believed to play a key role in enabling cells to renew themselves, and which in adult hearts is found mainly in the specialised cardiac progenitor cells."
"We know that telomerase is the enzyme that is needed to put the repeats on."