SNIFFING OUT THE TRUTH Whether sniffing other people's chemicals actually affects human psychology and behaviour is another question.Some studies have demonstrated that genetic dissimilarity between participants correlates with measures of partnership, sexuality and the desire to procreate, as well as a women's inclination to stay faithful or sleep around.Also, I now have a second cousin in Sydney.) Anyway, I took the raw genetic data file and submitted it to the DNA Romance website along with my personality type, my gender and my sexual preference. Then, for the small price of CAD9.88, I was introduced to my matches.BY THE NUMBERS Your matches include everyone that you have a 70% or more genetic match with.If you mate with someone who has different DNA to yours, it means that your offspring will have a combination of the two.Should there be some change in the environment, your offspring are more likely to have something in their genes that will allow them to survive.This is an ingrained, evolutionary sense that can help them avoid inbreeding.
These proteins live on your cells and help the body identify foreign substances like bacteria and viruses.Canada, UK and USA all had heavy representation, whereas there was only one Aussie—a 24-year-old guy from Sydney who had a Japanese manga character as his profile picture. What is it about Mr Shin-chan and I that is so perfectly compatible?When I asked him what he liked about the site, he said he forgot that he subscribed. OPPOSITES ATTRACT Well, like most things, it comes down to sex. When choosing a mate, we want to do what's best for our offspring.A little while later, they slid into my inbox the results of my heritage and a text file of my raw genetic data. I like to think it makes me look fun and also smart but also not weird.(Coincidentally, 58% of me is from Great Britain, 25% from Scandinavia and the rest is a smattering of 10 other genealogical regions. The very same photo I use for my author profile picture on this page, in fact.When a potential partner detects these signals (supposedly by smelling them), it creates 'chemistry'—an innate sense of attraction that can't be credited to your height, lack of debt or ability to play bass guitar.Some dating services have tried to play off this theory in the past. Or is our romantic compass something that's ingrained into our very being?The theory is that your body produces chemical signals, as determined by your DNA.After all, if gorillas can use a dating app to find love, why can't I?TRUST THE PROCESS As quite a lazy person, the concept appealed to me.