Newspaper article The Daily Yomiuri (Toyko, Japan)

New Skin Prediction Service to Analyze Ribonucleic Acid

Newspaper article The Daily Yomiuri (Toyko, Japan)

New Skin Prediction Service to Analyze Ribonucleic Acid

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Kao Corp., a consumer and chemical products manufacturer, and start-up Preferred Networks, Inc. will launch a trial service next March that analyzes the RNA, or ribonucleic acid, in sebum to evaluate and predict people's skin condition, the two companies announced Wednesday.

The RNA molecule serves as a template for synthesizing proteins such as hormones or enzymes, based on DNA information. Kao announced this June that it had discovered ribonucleic acid exists in human sebum and developed an analytical method to monitor RNA -- both achievements are world firsts.

To put the method into practical use, Kao decided to cooperate with Preferred Networks, which specializes in building AI systems. Preferred Networks has worked with the National Cancer Center Japan to build a cancer diagnosis system using microRNA in blood.

Sebum on the face can be removed easily with oil-absorbing paper, so it puts less stress on a person to receive a skin evaluation and prediction in this way. Kao and Preferred Networks used AI capabilities such as machine-learning and deep-learning technology to analyze test results from skin, blood and other elements, in addition to the RNA in sebum, and determined that RNA is connected to about 100 points related to skin condition, such as elasticity and keratin function. …

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