A New Dating App Wants To Use Your DNA To Decide Compatibility

January 30, 2019  |  

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We’ve previously reported dating apps that let your friend decide your perfect match, but are you willing to leave the fate of your dating life up to science? New app, Pheramor, uses your DNA to determine compatibility based on physical chemistry, KHOU reports. 

For just 29.99, you receive a cheek swabbing kit that you send back to a lab to be analyzed. The DNA info is then inputed into a database to help you find matches.

“When Pheramor receives your swab back, we send it to our laboratory, where they isolate your cheek cells and take out the DNA. From the DNA, we sequence your human leukocyte antigen genes, or HLA genes. This is what predicts attraction,” CEO and founder Dr. Brittany Barreto told KHOU.

“These genes encode proteins for your immune system. Scientists have shown in dozens of publications that people are attracted to one another when their HLA genes are different. That’s right! ‘Opposites attract’ is biologically true,” she continued.

Once your information is received, the app sends you three matched per day. Even though some may be skeptical about using science to find the love of their life, Pheramor reportedly has more second dates than other dating apps. While the app can help match you based on physical attributes, it’s still limited in providing information like disease compatibility.

“We only sequence 11 genes related with physical attraction, so we don’t know about data like diseases, eye color or ancestry,” co-founder and chief technology officer Dr. Bin Huang said.

It may seem wild to date based on science, but with everything else people are doing to pair up (ahem, Married At First Sight), it’s definitely not the wildest idea out there to find “the one.” And who knows, taking the decision making process slightly out of your hands may lead to future success.


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