CIA In­vests in Skin­care Line that Col­lects DNA

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The Cen­tral In­tel­li­gence Agency’s ven­ture cap­i­tal arm, In-Q-Tel, pro­vided fund­ing for an un­likely com­pany: Sk­in­cen­tial Sci­enc e s, ac c or di ng to doc­u­ments ob­tained by The In­ter­cept.

Sk­in­cen­tial’s con­sumer brand, Clearista, makes “skin resur­faci ng” prod­ucts de­sig ned to make your skin clearer and more “youth­ful,” ac­cord­ing to their web­site. But the CIA isn’t just in­ter­ested in youth­ful-look­ing skin. Sk­in­cen­tia l de­vel­oped a patented tech­nol­ogy that pain­lessly strips a thin outer layer of skin, col­lect­ing unique biomark­ers that can be used for DNA col­lec­tion, ac­cord­ing to The In­ter­cept. It’s a sys­tem that al­lows the CIA t o g le a n d at a ab out p e ople’s unique bio­chem­istry.

In-Q-Tel it­self was founded in 1999 by for­mer CIA di­rec­tor Ge­orge Tenet. The com­pany was named af­ter Q, the fic­tional char­ac­ter who makes tech­nol­ogy for James Bond, the world’s most fa­mous fic­tional spy, ac­cord­ing to NPR.

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