At DNA Romance, we are deciphering the essential elements behind the "scent of love" and the ideal
personality combinations for successful loving relationships. We are pioneers in understanding
how DNA plays a role in human attraction and loving relationships. Our mission is to enrich people's
helping them make genuine connections that lead to lasting love. We aim to improve the
accuracy of our
romantic predictions with each new member.
DNA Romance predicts "Chemistry" online using DRom 1.0 an algorithm that considers 100 Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) markers positioned in candidate genes that have
been shown to play a role in human attraction and reproduction. Research demonstrates that people with differing DNA markers find each other’s scent to be pleasant and are more likely to have a lasting romantic relationship.
We are all biologically programmed to know if we are compatible with somebody or not, this is one of our instincts. Our bodies are informed and respond to
information received from our senses when we meet in person.
DNA Romance started with the knowledge that DNA can influence relationships. The technical founder, Dr. Timothy Sexton (Tim) holds a Ph.D.
in population genetics, and a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and molecular biology. This education has provided him with a good understanding
of how genes work, how the genes adapt to different selection pressures, and how this shapes the evolution across populations of other individuals.
In 2012, he met Judith Bosire online and they started dating; Judith was coming from a business background, which complemented Tim's education in genetics.
They had met using an online dating site, and a discussion arose from them comparing their experiences using online dating apps. They agreed that a major frustration
about using “online dating platforms” was the mismatching, especially for “chemistry”. When you meet in-person, you know right away if you have “chemistry” or
not. But, when you are online, it’s impossible to evaluate if you share “chemistry” with someone, you can only detect “chemistry” when you meet in person.
Both Judith and Tim had horror stories of online mismatches, suitors that seemed promising until the first date, when it was instantly and mutually
realized that there was no chemistry. This gut feeling of “chemistry” is your body’s natural radar to detect a person who is genetically compatible
with you. Tim explained the so-called "sweaty T-shirt experiments," which proved a definitive link between DNA and romantic attraction. In the first
experiment by Prof. Claus Wedekind in 1995 where 49 female students and 44 male students were recruited. The men were asked to wear the same
T-shirt for two nights (Wedekind et al., 1995). The female participants were asked to smell each shirt and describe how pleasant they smelled on a
scale of 1 to 10. The results showed that women found male body odour pleasant when the male participants were far more genetically different at a
specific set of genes called the Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC). In contrast, the women found male body odors to be unpleasant when
the male participants were genetically similar at the MHC genes. Independent research has continued to validate these findings.
These genes didn’t only play a role in human attraction. Previously, these same genes had been shown to play a key role in “mate pairing”
in other vertebrates, including primates and birds that partnered for life.
The founders' discussion about the basis of “romantic chemistry” was truly fascinating; there were several hypotheses that could explain why we
like the scent and share “chemistry” with people who have different MHC genes. After all, these genes encode MHC peptides, which cover the surface
of your cells and are critical for your body’s recognition and response to foreign pathogens. We are attracted to people who are different at these
genes, because the success of the human population depends on this mechanism to maintain diversity at immune system genes. This ensures that some
individuals are resistant to new pathogens, and no cold or flu virus would wipe us out. In addition, if Mum and Dad have different immune systems,
they won't always get sick from the same illnesses and can look after each other.
Judith asked, "Why isn't this DNA information being used for online dating?"" Tim knew he had the skills to build “DNA Romance” and he pictured this as something easy to do,
especially with a business-minded partner. Together, they took on the challenge to start DNA Romance, and in 2014, they incorporated the company. In 2016, Tim quit his job
to begin working on DNA Romance full time, and a year later, in September 2017, they launched DNA Romance to the public.
Crowdfunding on Indiegogo
DNA Romance got started with the help of a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo way back in Nov 2016, see our early crowdfunding video here:
Dr. Timothy Sexton is the CEO and technical founder of DNA Romance. He holds a Ph.D.
in Population Genetics and BSc in Botany and Biochemistry / Molecular Biology and has
worked with a wide variety of species including plants, and humans.
Dr. Sexton has over 14 years of experience working in the field of genomics.
Master. Judith Bosire is the co-founder and CFO of DNA Romance. She is an economist
by training with a MA in Financial Economics, and a 2nd MA in International
Development. Judith works as an economist for Deloitte Canada, and previously MNP
LLP, as well as Columbia University and Merrill Lynch in New York.
We care about your privacy and have several measures in place to keep your personal data
You can help yourself by blocking any profiles you don't like, all users have free unlimited
If you identify a suspicious user, please use the "report" button and we will flag the
account for further investigation.
Scammers, troublemakers and those violating our terms and conditions will have their email
and IP address banned from using DNA Romance for life.
We've been asked by customers to include race but the definition of race is ambiguous.
To allow people from minorities to find each other, we have provided options for matchmaking
based on similar geographical location and shared religion or life philosophy.
We certainly agree with the words of Jane Elliott: "There Is Only One Race. The
So DNA Romance doesn’t use race to describe the many different phenotypes of humans
resulting from differences in population ancestry.
While we do appreciate a person's preference for different colours, we are still
considering how to thoughtfully accommodate our customers' preferences.
Please send us an email if you have any helpful suggestions on this topic.
We accept your autosomal DNA data from several 3rd party DNA testing companies, please
login to your account with the company who did your DNA testing (either ere are instructions
to login and download
your data from either: 23andMe,
or We Gene,
or Dante Labs,
or Genes For
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.
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
and less weight to personality types that tend to clash.
Research shows that the rare sensation of chemistry is felt by people who are genetically
bodies are naturally programmed to feel receptive and welcoming to people who are
genetically compatible. You can read more about how the
genes for love influence our
feelings of "romantic chemistry", as well as influence other aspects of
Each of us has 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 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 to 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.
is important, because when one partner is sick, then the other might remain healthy. Furthermore,
children will inherit a more diverse set of genes from their parents (protecting them from
more diseases than either parent alone).
Stigmatization and discrimination are important concerns when using new technologies and we respect individuals and their personal choices, regardless of their genetic, socio-economic, ethnic, cultural, educational, and religious backgrounds.
We oblige global policies such as
The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, which was passed to bar the misuse of genetic information in the United States.
Don't take it to heart, it's likely they haven't checked their email or logged onto the site
If you don't want to interact with or see their profile again, hit the block "delete"
button, or move them
to your "maybe" list to see and communicate with later.
Yes, our refer a friend program rewards you with money for
makes a purchase on DNA Romance, based on your referral. In addition, our partners also
commissions based on the activity of the people that they recruited to this partner program.
You will always remain the owner of the personal data you provide, and we will never sell your DNA data
companies! Your raw DNA data file is encrypted and stored in a secure location so that
updates can be
applied to your profile.
You can delete your profile and raw DNA file at any time in the settings section of your DNA
We care about your privacy and have several measures in place to keep your personal data
follow HIPAA privacy guidelines when handling your data and we don't sell DNA data to 3rd
We encrypt all data that is stored, and the names contain a unique hashed path and other
elements. Access to the data is limited to key development personnel who have 2-factor
You can cancel your subscription in the settings section of your DNA Romance account
We respect your right to be forgotten, and you can delete your profile and raw DNA file in
the settings section of your DNA Romance account dashboard.
Olfactory is another word for your sense of smell, and what's interesting is that you can
actually smell other people's scent profiles which correspond to different immune receptor
smells good, then you have different MHC genes and will be attracted to that person for a
they smell awful, then they are likely to have similar MHC genes to you and there is probably no
“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,
your raw autosomal DNA to you profile and your matches should appear within ~2 minutes. If you
don't receive your matches within an hour, please check your file is correct, and if the
persists, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Your genetic data is encrypted once you upload it to DNA Romance, and then, the relevant DNA
markers will be
incorporated into our matchmaking algorithm. Within ~2 min, you should see your DNA Romance
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 additional
matchmaking information by including a personality compatibility score, and showing a picture, but
is an individual with different experiences.
Like any online dating site, DNA Romance provide a short-list of matches with whom you can
communicate and see
if there is a meaningful connection.
No dating site can replace the need for a first date, to look each other in the eyes, talk,
smell each other 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. The classic first date is a chat over coffee or
alternatively, you could ask them out for lunch or dinner.
During the pandemic, we encourage you to make a video call to get things started.
Some first and many second dates onwards involve an activity like ten pin bowling, or going to
a sports game.
After a good first date, you should follow-up and suggest a second date.
As for the dress code, we recommend that you gauge this based on your proposed location and
In most instances, smart casual 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
ongoing commissions, based on the activity of other affiliate marketers you refer to us.
MHC Based Attraction (aka Chemistry) and Relationship Choice
DNA Romance predicts "Chemistry" using DRom 1.0, an algorithm that analyses Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) that have been confirmed to influence relationship choice in several independent studies.
Here we present just a few of the research papers we evaluated in order to develop DRom 1.0.
* found that sperm viability was associated with partners' HLA dissimilarity, indicating
that cervical mucus may selectively facilitate later gamete fusion between
immunogenetically compatible partners.
Our personality compatibility rating is based on the Myers-Briggs 16 personality types.
This test has a long history with the development of the first 3 components dating back almost 100 years to Dr. Carl Jung
and today the 4 letters and 16 personality type groups are widely known to the majority of people.
DNA Romance's personality compatibility algorithm, called PC1, puts maximum weight on similar personality types and less weight towards personality types that tend to clash.
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We care about your privacy and have several measures in place to
keep your personal data secure. We follow HIPAA privacy guidelines when handling
your data and we don't sell DNA data to 3rd parties!
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 key development personnel who have 2-factor
authentication restricted access.
You can delete your profile including DNA data at anytime from your settings
dashboard. ** Again we do not sell your personal information to 3rd parties, please
On departure please do give us feedback, especially if you found a great match :-)