SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Two men at a San Francisco biotech startup are on a quest to deliver “personal empowerment” for women in the form of fruity-smelling genitalia.
At a DEMO conference titled “New Tech Solving Big Problems” in San Jose Wednesday, the founders of the biotech startups Cambrian Genomics and Personalized Probiotics outlined how women will be able to change the way their vaginas smell.
Austen Heinz and Gilad Gome said their probiotic supplement called Sweet Peach does more than just prevent yeast infections and other health problems caused by microorganisms.
“The idea is personal empowerment,” Heinz said in his presentation. “All your smells are not human. They’re produced by the creatures that live on you.”
Gome added, “We think it’s a fundamental human right to not only know your code and the code of the things that live on you but also to rewrite that code and personalize it.”
The biohacking duo is raising money for Sweet Peach on Tilt after being banned from Kickstarter, which Heinz told Inc. was because Kickstarter’s being run by “a bunch of hipsters from New York” who “don’t like supporting actual cool science.” Gome clarified saying Kickstarter has a ban on synthetic biology projects because they are seen as too controversial.
Heinz and Gome, who already raised more than $480,000 on Kickstarter for their Glowing Plants product, are also working on a probiotic for dogs and cats that make feces smell like bananas.
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