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Love is in Your Genes

Is your love life DOA? Canada-based startup says it's got the solution: Your DNA

Lonely this Valentine’s Day? Missing that je ne sais quoi with someone new? Thinking of signing up for an Internet dating service?

A new Canada-based startup, Instant Chemistry, was started by people who understand an important limitation to online dating: You can find the perfect match who checks off all the right boxes, but without chemistry, the relationship is likely to be DOA. The solution? Your DNA.

The company claims to have turned this elusive “chemistry” into a science. Apparently there are three genes in the Major Histocompatibility Complex that “play an important role in biological compatibility.” These genes are part of your immune system, and contribute to your particular body scent. So, Instant Chemistry can help set you up with someone who smells awesome to you! And there are extra perks, too,

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"Children born to couples with very different immune system genes are more likely to successfully defend themselves against a greater variety of infections. But not only do biologically compatible partners produce children with strong immune systems, these couples also enjoy more satisfying sex lives, greater marital stability, increased fertility rates – and they find each other more attractive!"

Apparently, we’ve all been worrying about the wrong things! Who cares whether your partner is kind or adventurous or shares your world views? According to Instant Chemistry, “we now know the simple, stunning and provable fact: up to 40% of physical attraction can be determined through your genes alone.”

All you have to do is sign up for one of two pre-approved Matchmaker services (as long as you pass that criminal record check!) – at a cost of $675 to $2,700 depending on your package of choice, shell out an extra $500 for the DNA test, and then wait for a match to come in.

That may seem like a lot of cash to join a database with fewer people than are currently sitting at your local bar, but hey, if this Valentine’s Day goes badly, you can just blame it on your genes.

Jessica Cussins is a researcher at the Center for Genetics and Society.

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