This new app wants you to take the guessing out of dating. Pheramor uses your genes to predict chemistry and social alignment. There’s no more swiping left or right, or going through menial conversations to find the one, now it’s all up to science. Think: 23AndMe meets Tinder!
According to its founder Dr. Brittany Barreto, “Pheramor is a science-based dating app. We use DNA and digital data to measure compatibility between singles.” And the process of finding your future match seems to be pretty simple. After signing up to use the service through the app, you order a DNA kit. Once you get your test equipment, just swab your inner cheek, and send it off in the mail.
“When Pheramor receives your swab back, we send it to our laboratory, where they isolate your cheek cells and take out the DNA,” said Barreto. “From the DNA, we sequence your human leukocyte antigen genes, or HLA genes. This is what predicts attraction. 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.”
Your information is then uploaded into a database, and it’ll help you find your scientifically qualified bae. Pheramor also suggests that users connect their social media accounts, so it’s easier to get more data on personality traits and mutual interests, reports the Houston Chronicle.
But if you’re wondering how deep the scientists at the lab get into your chromosome pool, there are some limitations. “We only sequence 11 genes related with physical attraction, so we don’t know about data like diseases, eye color or ancestry,” said Dr. Bin Huang, co-founder and chief technology officer, according to KHOU.
Can you imagine if all this time, we were using probability to find our perfect match, and science could’ve told us all along?
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