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

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.

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

This is fascinating, each of us are individuals and we each 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 man.

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 and brains are wired to detect 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.

DNA Romance will own the research and analysis of the results. You will remain the owner of the personal data you provide. Your dna data files will be stored with DNA Romance so that updates can be applied to your profile, and the files can be destroyed at your direction by emailing destroyDNA@dnaromance.com. We do not guarantee long term storage of your samples, nor can they be retrieved from us in the future. We don’t claim to provide diagnostic DNA testing for health conditions, and do not provide information to your insurance company.

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

Our DNA romance score reflects your potential for sexual chemistry with another person but, this is not everything in a relationship. While we do our best to provide additional matchmaking criteria, people are all individuals and like any dating service we short list people for face to face dates, our customers then meet for a first date and mutually see if there is a meaningful connection.

Our Team

Dr Tim Sexton (PhD, BSc)


Judith Bosire (MSc, MA)

Co-Founder / CFO

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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.