An enzyme is a protein produced by the body to speed up a specific
chemical reaction in the body. The body produces many different kinds of
enzymes for many different body processes, such as digestion and blood
Some inherited diseases are caused by problems with the production
of certain enzymes. Doctors may measure the levels of certain
enzymes in a person's blood to help diagnose certain types of disease, such as
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