Our Mission

At DNA Romance, we are deciphering the essential elements behind the "scent of love" and the ideal personality combinations for successful relationships full of love. We are pioneers in understanding of how DNA plays a role in human attraction and loving relationships. Our mission is to enrich peoples lives by helping them make genuine connections that hopefully lead to lasting love. We aim improve the accuracy of our romantic predictions with each new member.

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Key Research Papers

Chemical Attraction and Relationships

Wu K, Chen C, Moyzis RK, Nuno M, Yu Z and Greenberger E (2018) More than skin deep: Major histocompatibility complex (MHC)-based attraction among Asian American speed-daters Evolution and Human Behavior. 39(4):447-456.

Henningsson S, Hovey D, Vass K, Walum H, Sandnabba K, Santtila P, Jern P, Westberg L (2017) A missense polymorphism in the putative pheromone receptor gene VN1R1 is associated with sociosexual behavior. Transl Psychiatry. 7(4):e1102.

Sherlock JM, Sidari MJ, Harris EA, Barlow FK, Zietsch BP (2016) Testing the mate-choice hypothesis of the female orgasm: disentangling traits and behaviours. Socioaffect Neurosci Psychol. 6:31562.

Kromer J, Hummel T, Pietrowski D, Giani AS, Sauter J, Ehninger G, Schmidt AH, Croy I (2016) Influence of HLA on human partnership and sexual satisfaction. Sci Rep. 6:32550.

Wlodarski R. and Dunbar RIM. (2015) What’s in a Kiss? The Effect of Romantic Kissing on Mate Desirability. Evol Psychol. ; 12(1): 178–199.

Christakis NA and Fowler JH (2014) Friendship and natural selection PNAS. 11:10796–10801.

Lie HC, Simmons LH and Rhodes G (2010) Genetic dissimilarity, genetic diversity, and mate preferences in humans. Evolution and Human Behavior 31:8–58.

Lie HC, Rhodes G and Simmons LH (2010) Is genetic diversity associated with mating success in humans? Animal Behaviour. 79, 4:903-909

Chaix R, Cao C, and Donnelly P (2008) Is Mate Choice in Humans MHC-Dependent? PLOS Genetics, 4 (9)

Garver-Apgar CE, Gangestad SW, Thornill R, Miller RD and Olp JJ (2006) Major histocompatibility complex alleles, sexual responsivity, and unfaithfulness in romantic couples Psychol Sci, 17(10): 830-835.

Roberts CE, Gosling LM, Carter V and Petrie M (2006) MHC-correlated odour preferences in humans and the use of oral contraceptives Proc. R. Soc. B 275, 2715–2722

Martins Y, Preti G, Crabtree CR, Runyan T, Vainius AA and Wysocki CJ (2005) Preference for Human Body Odors Is Influenced by Gender and Sexual Orientation. Psychological Science, 16(9) 694-702

Horton R, Wilming L, Rand V, Lovering RC, Bruford EA, Khodiyar VK, Lush MJ, Povey S, Talbot CC Jr, Wright MW, Wain HM, Trowsdale J, Ziegler A, Beck S (2004) Gene map of the extended human MHC. Nat Rev Genet 5(12):889-899

Jacob S, McClitock MK, Zelano B and Ober C (2002) Paternally inherited HLA alleles are associated with woman’s choice of male odour. Nature Genetics, 30:175

Milinski M and Wedekind C (2001) Evidence for MHC-correlated perfume preference in humans. Behavioural Ecology 12(2):140-149

Wedekind C and Penn D (2000) MHC genes, body odours, and odour preferences. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 15(9):1269-71

Penn DJ and Potts WK (1999) The Evolution of Mating Preferences and Major Histocompatibility Complex Genes. The American Naturalist. 153 (2) 145-164

Wedekind C, Chapuisat M, Macas E, Rülicke T (1996) Non-random fertilization in mice correlates with the MHC and something else. Heredity. 77:400-9.

Wedekind C, Seebeck T, Bettens F And Paepke AJ (1995) MHC-dependent mate preferences in humans. Proc.R.Soc.Lond.B. 260:245-249.

Personality Types

Lok C (2012) Career development: What's your type? Nature, 488: 545-547

Keirsey, D (2006) Please Understand Me II (3rd ed). Promethius Nemesis Book Co., Del Mar, CA.

Myers IB, McCaulley MH, Quenk NL and Hammer AL (1998) MBTI manual: A guide to the development and use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Consulting Psychologists Press, Palo Alto, CA, Vol. 3.

Myers IB, McCaulley MH and Most R (1985) Manual, a guide to the development and use of the Myers-Briggs type indicator. Consulting Psychologists Press.

Jung CG (1923) Psychological types: or the psychology of individuation Oxford, England: Harcourt, Brace.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, we are not medical doctors and do not reveal any medical information to you on our matchmaking platform.

We accept your autosomal DNA data from several 3rd party DNA testing companies, please loginto your account with the company who did your DNA testing (either 23andMe, or Ancestry DNA, or Family Tree DNA, or My Heritage, or Genes For Good, or Vitagene, or Living DNA.) and request to download your raw autosomal DNA data. Once your raw DNA data is downloaded, save it to a secure location and then use this file to complete your DNA Romance profile.

Yes, evidence from several studies show that the same rules of attraction also apply for relationships between people in the LGBTQ community.

To assist with our guidance on relationship compatibility we have developed a scale that uses the 16 personality types from the Myers Briggs test and provides maximum weight to compatible personality types, and less weight to personality types that tend to clash.

Research show that the rare sensation of chemistry is felt by genetically compatible people. Our bodies are naturally programmed to be receptive and welcoming to people who are genetically compatible, these people share chemistry and are more likely to share a successful relationship, with a satisfying sex life and a high fertility rate.

Yes, you can buy DNA testing kits on our main page.

Yes, we accept DNA data transfers from 23andMe, Ancestry DNA, My Heritage, Family Tree DNA, Vitagene and Genes For Good.

Each of us have a unique combination of several hundred genes corresponding to our immune responses which protect us from some diseases and not others, everyone is different and no one is the same (*except for monozygotic twins). No one person is resistant to every disease known to humanity.


Our sense of smell (olfactory system) is so highly evolved that we will find someone’s’ smell to be pleasant if they are resistant diseases that we aren’t. Our sense of smell is wired to our brain and detects potential relationship partners who are resistant to different diseases. This is important because when one person is sick, then the other might be healthy. In addition children will inherit a more diverse set of genes from their parents (protecting them from form more diseases than either parent alone).


The relationship between immune system genes and attraction (mate-pairing) is not exclusive to humans, major histocompatibility complex (MHC) dependent mate selection has been described in many vertebrates including fish, birds, primates. Please refer to our reference list for dozens of research papers describing this phenomenon.

Don't take it to heart, it's likely they havent checked their email or loged onto the site recently. If you don't want to interact or see their profile again hit the thumbs down "delete" button, or move them to your maybe list to see and still communicate with later.

Yes, our refer a friend program rewards you with a money for everyone who makes a purchase on DNA Romance based on your referral. In addition our partners also receive ongoing commissions based on the activity of other people they recruit to this partner program.

You always remain the owner of the personal data you provide. Your raw DNA data files are encrypted and stored in a secure location so that updates can be applied to your profile. We don’t claim to provide diagnostic DNA testing for health conditions, and do not provide information to your insurance company. We do not guarantee long term storage of your samples, nor can they be retrieved from us in the future.

Your profile and DNA file can be deleted at your direction by sending a request to delete my profile. Your requests are typically processed within 24hrs.

Olfactory is another word for your sense of smell, and what's interesting is that you can actually smell other people's scent profiles (breakdown proteins of your antibodies). If their natural body odour smells good then you have different MHC genes and will be attracted to that person for a relationship or friendship. If they smell awful then they are likely to have similar MHC genes and there is probably no sexual “chemistry” between you two.

DNA can be collected in many ways but DNA Romance use the "Cheek Swab" method. Our DNA Collection kit is simple to use, just swab the inside of both cheeks and return your sample to the laboratory by mail! No blood, no pain, no sweat!

If you already have raw DNA testing data from 23andMe or another DNA testing company, simply upload your raw autosomal DNA to you profile and your matches will appear within 30 minutes.

The DNA testing takes 3-4 weeks to complete based on the time your samples arrive in the lab.

Your genetic data is encrypted once you upload it to the DNA Romance! Your raw DNA data will then be parsed and the relevant DNA markets will be incorporated into our matchmaking algorithm. Within 30min you will see your DNA Romance matches.

Our DNA romance score reflects your potential for chemical attraction with another person but, this is not everything in a relationship. We do our best to provide additioal matchmaking information including a personality compatability score, and picture but every person is an individual with different expereinces. Like any online dating site DNA Romance provide short list of matches whom you can communicate with to see if there is a meaningful connection. No dating site replaces the need for a first date to look each other in the eyes, talk and mutually see if there is a meaningful connection.

There are many options for a first date depending on your surrounding location. A date usually involves a meal or drink where the classic is a chat over coffee or tea, alternatively you could take them out for lunch or dinner Some first and many 2nd dates onwards involve an activity like ten pin bowling, or going to a sports game. After a good first date and you feel they are the perfect girl or perfect boy, you should suggest a second date.
As for the dress code we recommend that you gauge this based on your proposed location and the activity. In most instances smart causal is a safe bet.

Yes, our affiliate/partner program rewards you with a commission for every person who finds us based on your referral and makes a purchase. In addition our affiliates receive ongoing commissions based on the activity of other affiliate marketers you refer to us.



Our Team

Dr Tim Sexton (PhD, BSc)

Founder/CEO/CTO

Judith Bosire (MSc, MA)

Co-Founder / CFO

We care about your privacy and have several measures in place to keep your personal data secure. We encrypt all data that is stored and the names contain a unique hashed path and other obfuscating elements. Access to the data is limited to two key development personnel who have 2-factor authentication restricted access.