Pheramor bases its matchmaking strategy on the concept that human attraction can be decoded through pheromones, those mystical scented molecules that animals use to drive each other wild.
Next, we'll take a look at some sound-loving atoms, tiny tools for molecules, huge bunches of data and some disgruntled bands of people who may want to set all of this innovation back with the stroke of a keyboard.But adding the complexity of genetics into the whirling, confusing world of dating and love seems like a recipe for trouble, as well as lots of needlessly missed connections.It’s already hard enough to find the right person in a dating environment increasingly dominated by swiping; do we really need to add swabbing to the mix?On its website, Pheramor explains that its genetic matches are based on the principle that “the more differentiated the DNA between two individuals, the more likely they are to be attracted to one another.” The problem is that scientists have never found evidence for a human pheromone, or any solid link between our genetic code and our romantic interests.A 2015 review of all research on human pheromones came up empty, while research on whether humans actually tend to choose mates with highly different DNA has so far yielded inconclusive results.When we date, we toil as actors in a drama written by society and the lovers who came before us, she observes.
And part of what makes it so bewildering is that the script and the roles we play are constantly changing.
) Such services could even theoretically invite discrimination by allowing matchmaking participants to screen partners for “undesirable” traits, which begins to sound uncomfortably like dystopian eugenics.
Advocacy organizations have argued that people should have access to, and autonomy over, their own genetic data, and there are certainly strong reasons for this to happen.
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For just $19.99, plus a membership fee of $10 per month, the company uses information it gathers from DNA swabbed from your cheek — sent by mail, 23and Me-style — plus personality traits gleaned from your social media profile, to identify people in your area with whom you’re compatible.