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On its website, the company explains that people are more likely to be attracted to one another the more different their DNA is.
“The way species can ‘sense’ how different the DNA is in a potential mate is through smelling their pheromones,” states the site’s science section. “But the reality is that there’s no scientific evidence for something called a pheromone,” says Richard Doty, who studies smell and taste at the University of Pennsylvania.
It found that women who were not on the pill were more likely to select the shirts of men who had the greatest genetic difference in a certain area of chromosome six—one that codes for something called the major histocompatibility complex, or MHC.
MHC proteins are responsible for helping the immune system recognize invaders, and the idea of linking these immune system genes with sexual attraction goes all the way back to 1976.
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.
“I’m a chemist and I can tell you that pheromones are a big black box. The 30 year-old nursing student has been trying for years to meet Mr.Right—first on Grindr and Compatible Partners (e Harmony’s queer subsidiary), and more recently on Bumble—and has yet to find someone with whom he shares a real connection. So in December, while he was attending Houston’s Day For Night music festival, he stopped by a booth hawking cheek swabs, and handed over a few thousand cheek cells in the name of love.The booth belonged to Pheramor, a Houston-based online dating startup that claims to use your DNA as the secret sauce in its matchmaking formulation.The company launched today in its home metropolis, with plans to soon expand to other US cities.You’ve got your socioeconomic factors plus race and culture and politics and religion multiplied by what sorts of relationships you had with your parents and siblings growing up.But is there a part of the equation that is purely biological?Its app, which is available for i OS and Android, is a sort of 23and Me meets Tinder meets monogamists.Of course, sexual chemistry isn’t just about deoxyribonucleic acid.It’s a selection of these MHC genes, 11 of them, that Pheramor is comparing when it looks at its users’ DNA.When I asked co-founder and CEO Asma Mirza which pheromones those genes were connected to, she demurred.