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What is luciferase and what does it have to do with vaccines?

One of the latest vaccine rumors centers around luciferase, a (perhaps) unfortunately named protein that is as harmless as a firefly. This post tackles where this rumor came from, tells how luciferase got its name, and explains how you can be sure that the vaccines aren’t using bioluminescence to track people.

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If you’re vaccinated, why does it matter if I am not?

The vaccine mandates have led some to question vaccine effectiveness. If the vaccines really work, they argue, then why do the vaccinated care if others choose not to get the vaccine? This post tackles what it means to say a vaccine “works,” and explains how my neighbor’s vaccination status impacts me.

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Kristen Panthagani

I’m Dr. Kristen Panthagani. I’m an MD-PhD student who holds a  PhD in Genetics, and I like to help people understand science.  I saw a lot of people getting unnecessarily confused by inaccurate claims flying around, and I started this blog to help clarify some of those things.

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