The Daily Mail looks at the use of genetic testing to assess romantic compatibility for lovers.
Forget the days of filling out questionnaires about your likes and dislikes, or lying about your bad habits online; these days the answer to true love is only a cheek swab away. […]
‘Nature’s driving force is to ensure that you produce the healthiest possible offspring, so what DNA matching offers is the chance to pick a partner with the widest possible variety of genes and therefore the best immune system for any potential children,’ explains Eric Holzle, a former engineer-turned-matchmaker who runs ScientificMatch.
But what if your agenda is more about making whoopee than babies? According to Holzle, there are still benefits to be had, chief among them the fact that DNA testing can ascertain whether or not you will have ‘a more satisfying sex life with less chance of cheating’.
It all sounds a little bit far-fetched, yet there has long been evidence that human attraction is influenced by smell. Both ScientificMatch and Swiss company, GenePartner.com, which provides a DNA matching service for a variety of dating sites in Europe and the U.S., cite the infamous 1995 ‘sweaty T-shirt’ experiment in which women were asked to sniff the T-shirts of similarly aged men and rate their body odours as proof that DNA matching works. […]
Meanwhile, GenePartner’s tests start at around £60, although it’s quick to stress that ‘Gene Partner is not a dating site but instead serves as a complimentary tool for social networking’. It already has 1,000 people on its database and is set to expand. […]
Hozle says: ‘Generally we find that those under 45 love the idea because they realise that it’s going to make things a lot easier for them and ensure that they don’t waste their time. Those over 45 are less keen and generally far more likely to have privacy concerns.’