What is luciferase and does it track people with the Covid vaccine?

A NEW baseless anti-vaxx conspiracy theory has emerged that claims vaccines contain an ingredient that can be used to track people. 

Here is what we know about the latest dangerous false claims to come to light. 

What is luciferase? 

Luciferase is a real scientific term that refers to an enzyme capable of giving off light when it uses a substance called luciferin

An example of this in action can be seen in the natural world with fireflies.

They are often used by scientists because they can help researchers monitor biological processes. 

Is luciferase in the Covid vaccine? 

The false claim that luciferase is in Covid vaccine was made by Emerald Robinson, a White House correspondent for the Conservative news network Newsmax in a tweet made on November 1, 2021.

The tweet read: “Dear Christians: the vaccines contain a bioluminescent marker called LUCIFERASE so that you can be tracked.

“Read the last book of the New Testament to see how this ends.”

The tweet was later deleted and Newsmax distanced itself from what it called "false claims".

In reality, while the enzyme is not a vaccine ingredient, although researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston last July isolated luciferase from fireflies to develop more accurate COVID-19 tests and potential treatments 

Does luciferase track people with the Covid vaccine?

No, the claim is a baseless conspiracy theory.

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