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What is the enzyme that unzips DNA?
There are several enzymes that 'unzip' DNA. These enzymes are collectively known as DNA helicases. DNA helicases are helix-destabilizing enzymes that bind to DNA at the origin of replication and break hydrogen bonds, thereby separating the two strands. This allows RNA polymerase to begin transcription (copying) of the DNA sequence.
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The helicase enzymes are used to unzip DNA. There are 31 specific DNA helicases. There are 95 unique helicases in the human genome.
The enzyme Helicase unzips the DNA double helix
DNA Helicase is the enzyme responsible for unzipping DNA before replication occurs.
Helicase unzips the double stranded DNA so that it can be replicated.
The DNA Helicase. It's DNA unwinding [separation of the two strands] function is a 'precursor' to DNA copying, either by replication or transcription. It is closely associated… with the DNA polymerases.
DNA Helicase unzips the double helix, breaking the hydrogen bonds between complimentary base pairs to form a replication fork.
During replication, the DNA is unzipped by DNA helicases.
RNA polymerase *the ending "ase", shows that it's an enzyme.
DNA Helicases are responsible for separating the two strands during replication.
The enzyme used to unzip human DNA (and RNA) is called helicase. There are a few types of helicase such as DNA helicase, RNA helicase, etc. Each type has its own specific role….
That would be helicase, though there is no diagram below.