CIA Invests in Skincare Line that Collects DNA
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.