CIA's Venture Capital Arm Is Funding Skin Care Products That Collect DNA

Reply Mon 11 Apr, 2016 05:47 am
CIA's Venture Capital Arm Is Funding Skin Care Products That Collect DNA


Skincential sciences , a company with an innovative line of cosmetic products marketed as a way to erase blemishes and soften skin, has caught the attention of beauty bloggers on YouTube, Oprah’s lifestyle magazine, and celebrity skin care professionals. Documents obtained by The Intercept reveal that the firm has also attracted interest and funding from In-Q-Tel, the venture capital arm of the Central Intelligence Agency.

The previously undisclosed relationship with the CIA might come as some surprise to a visitor to the website of Clearista, the main product line of Skincential Sciences, which boasts of a “formula so you can feel confident and beautiful in your skin’s most natural state.”

Though the public-facing side of the company touts a range of skin care products, Skincential Sciences developed a patented technology that removes a thin outer layer of the skin, revealing unique biomarkers that can be used for a variety of diagnostic tests, including DNA collection.

Skincential Science’s noninvasive procedure, described on the Clearista website as “painless,” is said to require only water, a special detergent, and a few brushes against the skin, making it a convenient option for restoring the glow of a youthful complexion — and a novel technique for gathering information about a person’s biochemistry.

In-Q-Tel, founded in 1999 by then-CIA Director George Tenet, identifies cutting-edge technology to support the mission of the CIA and other intelligence agencies, and provides venture funding to help grow tech firms to develop those solutions.
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Reply Mon 11 Apr, 2016 10:46 pm
@bobsal u1553115,
Okay, so the skin care product removes some DNA from the skin on the face. There is still the problem of the CIA getting hold of this DNA, since it is either going down the drain or being mixed in the new stuff in the jar in the bathroom. How does the CIA get your DNA from this product?
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Reply Tue 12 Apr, 2016 06:47 am
HMMMM .... maybe the research in developing those products is the immediate objective .. guess maybe I should click the link and find out.
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Reply Tue 12 Apr, 2016 09:25 am
@bobsal u1553115,
Still can't see anything to be alarmed about. Ever since they invented fingerprint analysis, there have been techniques developed to determine if you touched something at a specific place. Every cop show shows the police offering the suspect a cup of coffee or soda, then informing him that they got his DNA from the cup he drank from. This doesn't seem like much.
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