It works like this: For .99 (plus a monthly membership fee), Pheramor will ship you a kit to swab your cheeks, which you then send back for sequencing.
The company will combine that information with personality traits and interests gleaned from your profile to populate your app with a carousel of genetically and socially optimized potential mates in your area.
HLAs drive which bacteria grow on our skin, contributing to our body scent.
Studies such as the famous sweaty t-shirty study have found that body odours are linked to sexual attraction and that people are attracted to mates with dissimilar HLA profiles, which helps increase the chances that potential offspring can fight disease.
There may be a higher chance that our marriage will last—and that the last seven years were “worth it,” as my jokingly said when we looked through the results.
Gonzalez maintains that while there are critics of genetic matchmaking, the company’s work is rooted in research.
The psychological test poses situational questions that are used to measure how each partner handles conflict based on four interpersonal factors (social, dominant, submissive and intimate behaviour).
The genetic analysis examines each person’s serotonin transporter gene and human leukocyte antigen (HLA), or immune system genes. Ron Gonzalez, CEO and one of the co-founders of Instant Chemistry, says they essentially aid in determining how compatible your immune system is to that of your partner and how well the two of you may handle relationship conflict.
”), I shipped off our samples to the company’s lab.
In addition to the overall score, we received 87% on our genetic compatibility, 100% on emotional compatibility (who knew? “Both you and your partner carry a copy of long and short serotonin genes [which is why two bands are visible in the second and third columns in the image above],” says Gonzalez.
“That’s a good thing because couples who both have the short copy of the gene tend to do poorly in marriage over time; couples who carry either two copies of the long version of the gene or one copy of each do better than those with two short copies.” What does this mean?
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According to the test, we are an 85% overall match, a rather strong result, Gonzalez says.