Scripps Research Institute investigators mixed together water, RNA, and ribozyme to recreate part of the hypothesized 'RNA world,' Live Science reports. That hypothesis says that life first emerged as RNA-based before being superseded by DNA as the major genetic material and proteins as enzymes, it notes.

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