Healthcare/Biosafety

Luciferin – a dark conspiracy or a bright biochemical reaction?

11 December, 2020

On December 7, Tvalsazrisi.ge published an article with the title “Father Kleomenis: “Let’s resist chipping and New World Order – Antichrist’s plans 666! Be cautious and attentive!!!”. The article is the translation of Greek Father Kleomenis’s video address, where he speaks about universal compulsory vaccination against coronavirus with nanochip and Luciferin and altering DNA with the said vaccine.  Tvalsazrisi.ge cites a December 6 Facebook video of Spyridon Voukalis, showcasing father Kleomenis’s speech. Later, on December 8, identical text was posted by the Facebook page სტალინი (Stalin).

As of December 10, Tvalsazrisi.ge’s article has 388 Facebook interactions and 162 shares. As for the Greek video, it has 229 interactions and 230 shares, whereas Stalin’s post – 2 shares.

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Claims about vaccine presented in the article are false and a conspiracy: 1. Coronavirus vaccine does not contain Luciferin, albeit Luciferin and Luciferase are harmless substances, and their usage in medicine is an approved method.  Presenting those substances as dangerous because of the name and artificially linking them to the COVID-19 vaccine is a conspiracy theory; 2. Coronavirus vaccine does not alter human DNA; 3. The vaccine is not compulsory 4. Universal chipping through the vaccination is a conspiracy theory. Moreover, Tvalsazrisi.ge manipulatively uses old and photoshopped photos of chips.

What is Luciferin and is it used in the COVID-19 vaccine?

In biochemistry, luciferin is the name of the organic compound whose oxidation in the presence of the enzyme luciferase produces light. Luciferase and its substrate luciferin can be found in such living organisms as fireflies. Fireflies light up due to this substance reaction. Moreover, the mentioned substances can also be found in luminous marine and terrestrial microorganisms. Albeit, the gene for the most common enzyme luciferase comes from the firefly. 

The power of luciferase has been actively harnessed by scientists. Light output produced by the chemical reaction of this substance is used to monitor biochemical processes including gene expression, biomolecular binding, and cell viability. 

According to the MediaWise’s fact-check published on the International Fact-Checking Network by Poynter Institute, which was based on the article from the Texas Medical Center, virologists at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston are using the enzyme to develop faster and more accurate diagnostic tests for COVID-19 as well as to analyze potential therapies and gain a clearer understanding of the SARS-CoV-2 virus itself. For example, with this substance, the University lab can now visually confirm the presence of antibodies that can block a SARS-CoV-2 infection earlier than through previous methods.

The ScienceDirect overview also notes that luciferase is already used to determine the outcome of cancer therapy. Various peer-reviewed studies have revealed that luciferase has been used to study cell activities long before the COVID-19 and enzyme does not cause significant changes in metabolism. Therefore, luciferase and its substrate luciferin are harmless and have been used in scientific work including the assessment of cancer treatment for a long time now.

It’s easy to associate the words luciferin and luciferase with Lucifer – Satan and that's why it easily became the source of various conspiracy theories and disinformation, especially amid the development of the COVID-19 vaccine. Greek Father Kleomenis’s claims that the coronavirus vaccine will contain luciferin to control whether you have taken the vaccine or not is part of the mentioned conspiracy. In 2019, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology did develop a novel way to record a patient's measles vaccine history using the luciferase enzyme and infrared scanners. However, the same has not been approved for the COVID-19 vaccine, thus, making the claim false.

The vaccine will alter human DNA

As for the claim as if coronavirus vaccine alters human DNA and genetics, it is disinformation and has disseminated before.  COVID-19, as well as other coronaviruses, are RNA viruses, meaning its genetic information is recorded in RNA. Therefore, its’ vaccine was developed based on RNA and not DNA.  It’s worth mentioning that RNA's chemical structure is different from DNA, that's why RNA cannot be integrated into the human genome and thus cause any alterations in genetics. 

Researchers working on Oxford and AstraZeneca vaccine explain that coronavirus have club-shaped spikes on their outer coats, which form a crown on the virus surface and presents a good target for a vaccine containing the genetic sequence of this surface spike protein. When the vaccine enters cells inside the human body, it uses this genetic code to produce the surface spike protein that induces an immune response, if the COVID-19 infects the body. For example, chimpanzee adenovirus vaccine technology used in the Oxford vaccine is thoroughly studied and harmless. It contains adenoviral vectors used in Ebola, Hepatitis C, Malaria, and tuberculosis vaccines.

Conspiracies about microchips amid coronavirus pandemic

Conspiracy about compulsory implantation of microchips inside the body for total control and monitoring of humans went viral in various countries in light of coronavirus pandemic. Numerous conspiracies on the "chipping" of population amid pandemic have emerged, which speculate about future coronavirus vaccine and 5G technology. Most commonly, mass compulsory chipping of the population is ascribed to philanthropist Bill Gates and Pope Francis. Read more about the aforesaid topic in fact-checks prepared by “Myth Detector”:

 

Compulsory vaccination

Disinformation about COVID-19 being compulsory disseminates from time to time. Different sources at different times have claimed that the coronavirus vaccine will be compulsory and certain restrictions will be imposed on people who will refuse it. Albeit, such claims lack evidence. Read “Myth Detector’s” fact-checks about compulsory vaccination:

Visual manipulation of Tvalsazrisi.ge

Noteworthy that in the Tvasazrisi.ge’s article we see a photo of Father Kleomenis along with photos of chips, one of which was taken in 2002, whereas the other one is used for illustrating a chip implanted under the skin and is photoshopped.  The mentioned photo collage together with the conspiracy about mass chipping has been disseminated on media and social networks of various countries at different times.  In Georgia, mentioned photos were linked to disinformation about the first Georgian to undergo chipping, which was fact-checked by "Myth Detector".

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Archive links:
Tvalsazrisi.ge’s article - https://archive.is/X0rkJ
Spyridon Voukalis’ video - https://archive.is/08qmO
Facebook page Stalin’s post - https://archive.is/rOpMR 


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