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New Dating Sites Match People Through DNA Tests

Soulskill posted more than 4 years ago | from the unzipping-your-genes dept.

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The Installer writes with this excerpt from an Associated Press report: "A couple of genetic testing companies are promising to match couples based on DNA testing, touting the benefits of biological compatibility. The companies claim that a better biological match will mean better sex, less cheating, longer-lasting love and perhaps even healthier children. 'How many dating services can you think of where they can suggest you might have better children?' said Eric Holzle, founder of ScientificMatch.com, one of the first online dating sites to use DNA. ... The idea is that people tend to be attracted to those who have immune system genes that are dissimilar from their own. Biologists say the HLA genes of the immune system — which are responsible for recognizing and marking foreign cells such as viruses so other parts of the immune system can attack them — also determine body odor 'fingerprints.' And people tend to be attracted to the natural body odors of those who have different HLA genes from their own."

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The company name is kind of disturbing (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30107834)

"Incest Is Best Inc"

Re:The company name is kind of disturbing (0, Redundant)

Macrat (638047) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108372)

Exactly. Maybe the hillbillies in the mountains of Tennessee have been right all these years to marry your cousin.

Re:The company name is kind of disturbing (1, Informative)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108814)

What the heck are you talking about? Genetic compatibility means finding someone *opposite* to yourself. i.e. If you have a weakness in regards to poor eyesight, then you'd want somebody with keen eyesight so your baby will hopefully have keen eyesight too.

You certainly wouldn't want to marry your family members, who'd have many of the same weaknesses you do.
That would produce a kid who's nigh-blind.

Hey baby... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30107858)

Nice genes...

Hmm... (5, Insightful)

shrtcircuit (936357) | more than 4 years ago | (#30107862)

Yeah... Submit your DNA profile to a for-profit corporation that lets you do things with it through a web interface. Your info will never be hacked. Your info will never be sold. Your info will never be given to government agencies. Trust us.

What could possibly go wrong here?

Re:Hmm... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30108106)

Who cares if people have your DNA info? What's it good for? They can't use it to take your money or anything, you tinfoil-hatter.

Re:Hmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30108144)

How long have you been working for one of these places?

Re:Hmm... (4, Insightful)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108244)

While the science is still in its infancy, there are already a fair few bits of genome that your insurance company would probably enjoy having a look at.

Re:Hmm... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30108290)

It's okay, Obama will keep you safe. Politicians are never corrupt!

Re:Hmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30108366)

It's okay, the corporations will keep you safe. CEOs are never corrupt!

Re:Hmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30108620)

It's okay, the unions will keep you safe. Special interest groups are never corrupt!

Re:Hmm... (4, Funny)

Rob Riggs (6418) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108802)

It's OK, a democracy will keep you safe. The voters always make intelligent & informed decisions!

Re:Hmm... (1)

Hope Thelps (322083) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108816)

It's okay, Slashdot will keep you... ah, well anyway, if anything goes wrong then we'll be really outraged about it 6 months later.

Re:Hmm... (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108856)

So what? It isn't as if some big chunk of the population is actually genetically superior to the rest, insurance companies would have to be willing to do business with some people with 'bad' genes, and really, it isn't just the companies profits that benefit from better customer screening, their customers do too.

(To add some context, I would be fine with the United States instituting some sort of socialized coverage for conditions that are not insurable, the current system where those people get coverage as long as they win the employment lottery isn't any better...)

Re:Hmm... (5, Insightful)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108848)

>>>DNA info? What's it good for?

Watch the movie GATTACA where people were denied jobs (or vice-versa promoted) strictly based upon their DNA. The ability for bosses, politicians, whoever to just look at your "program code" and filter for the best candidate is dangerous. It takes away opportunity who may be slightly dumber, but with more determination and focus to get the job done. (Again I recommend watching gattaca... one of the best science movies of the last two decades.)

Re:Hmm... (2, Funny)

Threni (635302) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108980)

No, Gattaca is a boring film. There's scope for a genuinely good film which tackles the same/similar issues.

Re:Hmm... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30108996)

Science movie? Science Fiction I'll grant you, even Sci-Fi (though never SyFy), but come on, let's not pretend there is real science in it.

Re:Hmm... (0, Troll)

MarkvW (1037596) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108588)

But what about the idea that information MUST BE FREE? Your DNA structure is information. Shouldn't it be free to anybody who wants to download it? Maybe it should be up on the Pirate Bay!

Or, is it that only Hollywood Movies, Britney Spears songs, and videogames are information that must be free?

Re:Hmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30108736)

I'd put my DNA online, if I ever had it sequenced. I'd even host the torrent! If people want to see what kinds of mutant creatures I would (hypothetically) produce upon breeding, I say let them have it.

Re:Hmm... (1)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108882)

Information is only free if you decide to give it away (i.e. hand someone a copy of your sheetmusic for you just-created song). NOBODY has a right to take it from you through force. If you want to give-away you DNA code, go ahead, but you should also have the right to keep it secret.

See the science movie Gattaca on the dangers of releasing your DNA to the wild.

Bias Filtering (4, Funny)

decipher_saint (72686) | more than 4 years ago | (#30107870)

It's bad enough that I'm legally blind but now I can add it to the list of attributes that might reduce my chances of procreating (as if analyst and programmer weren't bad enough).

Enjoy your gene pool, jerkwads!

Re:Bias Filtering (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30108632)

Enjoy your gene pool, jerkwads!

I see what you did there.

(It's a refence to masturbation and semen, right?)

Offspring (0, Flamebait)

rossdee (243626) | more than 4 years ago | (#30107896)

Sounds like a way to 'improve' the genetic makeup of the children. The nazis would have loved the idea
 

Re:Offspring (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30108010)

Godwin's Law already???

Actually at the time of the Nazis, most of the western world was quite heavily interested in eugenics. It's not just a Nazi thing, it was most of Europe and North America as well. Also, there is nothing inherently wrong with it, why would improving the genes of the human race be considered a bad thing?

It's the association with Nazi Germany which put the whole idea into disrepute, but if you're not forcing people to procreate with a good match, just encouraging it, what is wrong with that? After all, a lot of the music industry encourages us to get as many "hos" as possible, and the film industry seems to be trying to get us to fall in love as quickly as possible, what's wrong with something that would actually BENEFIT us?

Re:Offspring (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30108214)

Indeed - Wikipedia states that the US was one of the first countries to start sterilizing "undesirables", all the way back in 1907. Heck, Oregon had a Eugenics board until 1983...

Re:Offspring (1, Informative)

jcr (53032) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108442)

Eugenics is the dirty little secret of the "progressive" movement.

-jcr

Re:Offspring (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30108628)

Only because they're tired of every right wing Christian conservative family having half a dozen kids, then expecting everyone else to pay for their education. The day they start _charging_ for all the services children consume is the day I'll stop claiming that there are too many people on this planet.

Re:Offspring (1)

gestalt_n_pepper (991155) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108692)

Tinfoil hat fitting you all right?

Re:Offspring (1)

jcr (53032) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108738)

Tinfoil hat fitting you all right?

If you think I'm making it up, do a bit of historical research. Eugenics was part and parcel of the puritan impulse that was behind the temperance movement, and any number of other impulses to use the power of the state to make "better" people.

-jcr

Re:Offspring (1)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108902)

TFA:

The idea is that people tend to be attracted to those who have immune system genes that are dissimilar from their own.

It's likely that a white person could be paired with a black person using this service. It wouldn't be traditional eugenics, but I always did want an engineer son who also played in the NFL - I wouldn't have to work another day in my life! $$$ Also, I have jungle fever.

Re:Offspring (1)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108966)

Eugenics, in a way, is just humans consciously doing what they'd do anyway. People tend to pick partners that they think would make good off-spring. That is why they can be attracted to prettier, smarter and stronger people. No one really wants to make kids with a fat doofus.

This is true even with trailer trash but it just doesn't look like it because they're at the bottom and what they consider a good pick isn't to most people.

Everyone wants their genes to dominate. Eugenics is just enhancing evolution and stopping the bottom feeders from tainting the gene pool.

That said, people generally screw up everything eventually and that would likely happen with Eugenics and future generations will just end up inbred.

Re:Offspring (1)

Macrat (638047) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108458)

Indeed - Wikipedia states that the US was one of the first countries to start sterilizing "undesirables", all the way back in 1907. Heck, Oregon had a Eugenics board until 1983...

Getting rid of "undesirables" has been around long before the US even existed.

Re:Offspring (2, Insightful)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108674)

Indeed, but even the Spartans tried to select for some sort of meaningful attribute, as opposed to "poor", "Catholic", "black" and so on.

So they Suck your Dick first???? PERFECT! (1, Funny)

Jackie_Chan_Fan (730745) | more than 4 years ago | (#30107898)

DNA EXCHANGED!

Re:So they Suck your Dick first???? PERFECT! (1)

Tiger4 (840741) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108150)

Most of us don't worry about that kind of DNA sampling.

Gattaca, here we come! (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30107924)

That reminds me, I need to buy a keyboard vacuum..

oh and (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30107948)

it's only $1,995 for a lifetime membership! they take credit cards!

Untrue (5, Insightful)

Mikkeles (698461) | more than 4 years ago | (#30107970)

'The companies claim that a better biological match will mean better sex, less cheating, longer-lasting love and perhaps even healthier children.'

They're lying.

Re:Untrue (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30108224)

Agreed. Consider the "perfect" biological match that has some sort of schizophrenic personality disorder or something.

Of course maybe that says something about you... Maybe your perfect biological match is an abusive bastard and that's why you're continuously attracted to them even though they wreck your life.

Re:Untrue (1)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108634)

What's funny is that the only remotely possible claim is "healthier children".

And it's easier to do a family medical history than to run the
stack of gene tests which would give you the same information.

Re:Untrue (2, Informative)

tonycheese (921278) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108828)

No, the idea behind this company is that people tend to be attracted to people who have different immune system and proteins from them, something that apparently we can tell by smell. The biological reason for this is that our children will be healthier, literally, and everything is just a side-effect from our bodies.

Re:Untrue (5, Informative)

tonycheese (921278) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108900)

Here [discovery.com] , Discovery Channel did an article focusing on Scientific Match and another company doing the same thing that talks more about the science behind it. But, like the Komo News article, it points out that it's not very likely to work with such a small sample size of both people and genes.

Wait wait... (1)

Manip (656104) | more than 4 years ago | (#30107974)

I see a HUGE hole in this plan... So we can take DNA and build an incomplete profile of it. They want to use these limited profiles to match people for dating.

But what metric are they going to use to match people?

If they plan to match similar DNA then I question that since studies have shown that we're attracted to people with different immune systems.

If they plan to match people with very different DNA then I question that because there might be a huge culture clash.

If they plan to match people with very similar but slightly different DNA then how is that better than hobbies and or interests?

Re:Wait wait... (2, Informative)

RJFerret (1279530) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108226)

From TFA...

The idea is that people tend to be attracted to those who have immune system genes that are dissimilar from their own.

Which has been correlated to body odor, I remember from past studies (or a past study), and was referenced in TFA.

But it's a well balanced article, they poke holes in it and share the 'just a money making ploy' contrary side of researchers who found happily married couples with similar immune systems instead of complementary.

In similar news, I'm starting a match making service based upon environmental chemical exposures.

Selective quotation (3, Funny)

Kell Bengal (711123) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108326)

And people tend to be attracted to the natural body odors

I think slashdotters would have this market cornered.

Re:Wait wait... (1)

MaXintosh (159753) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108402)

contrary side of researchers who found happily married couples with similar immune systems instead of complementary

In any system there's going to be some variance. Sometimes, female birds of paradise don't choose the male with the most elaborate tail; sometimes they choose the ratty, haggard male. That's not to say that the tail is useless in attracting mates. It's the `average behaviour` we're interested in, and several studies have shown that on average, humans (and dozens of other species as far removed as sticklebacks) mate disassortatively with respect to their MHC type.

Alcohol is the best environmental chemical. (5, Funny)

Behrooz (302401) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108600)

In similar news, I'm starting a match making service based upon environmental chemical exposures.

Hey, exposure to ethyl alcohol is strongly correlated to time of conception for a majority of slashdotters.

Re:Wait wait... (1)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108640)

If they did they usual personality matching, then filtered those matches (usually hundreds) through genetic testing (to detect different immune classes; a supposed basis for pheromone attraction), it might be useful.

great (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30107984)

where do i send my load so i can become part of this dna dating website. usually i just send it onto the ceiling, but now i hope i can send it somewhere useful.

So much bunk? (1)

Quantos (1327889) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108040)

That's like saying that your best match is someone who drinks the same brand of beer that you do.
People are best matched with other people that they can get along with and talk to, we all know this. Just because the DNA profile is similar doesn't mean that they will enjoy the same things. It's life experiences and how we respond and come through them that make us what we are.

They would be better off saying that they will match you with people who have a similar upraising. Even that raises flags though. Matching two people based on addictive or abused pasts would usually not be good for their children.

Face it, we are far better off just finding our own mates and leaving the corporations out of it.

Matching DNA? Oh, sweet... (0)

ibsteve2u (1184603) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108046)

...so you marry your long lost sister...

Re:Matching DNA? Oh, sweet... (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108422)

...so you marry your long lost sister...

Even weirder, assuming my wife is "the one" for me, this genetic method would imply my ideal "second choice" would be my sister in law (whom is single...) and my ideal "third choice" would be my mother in law (whom is single...)

Somehow, I think the legendary persistence of in-law and mother-in-law jokes would disprove the whole theory.

Re:Matching DNA? Oh, sweet... (1)

xmousex (661995) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108890)

my wife has an identical twin....

the behavior between the two girls is so radically different, my wife being more mellow and down to earth, while the sister is rambunctious, difficult, has a drug problem and always seems depressed. i cant imagine trying to maintain a serious relationship with the other girl.

i think for the most part this match making on genetics stops at good sex and strong initial attraction. the mentality for a stronger long running relationship is several layers of complexity deeper.

not that dna cares. dna just needs to get its job done. just reproduce, thats all that matters. where we go from there isnt even in the equation.

Re:Matching DNA? Oh, sweet... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30108452)

The Southern States have already been offering that service for a long long time.

Re:Matching DNA? Oh, sweet... (1)

Macrat (638047) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108478)

Blue bloods have been doing it for centuries.

Re:Matching DNA? Oh, sweet... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30108602)

And look where it got *them.* How's Egypt doing these days? Or the Tsars?

Opposites Attract (2, Funny)

dcollins117 (1267462) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108074)

I don't think I would ever want to date anyone who even remotely resembles me.

Re:Opposites Attract (2, Funny)

maxume (22995) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108400)

So does that mean you would like to date a human being, or does it mean you would not like to date a human being?

The world agrees with you (1)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108490)

We all agree, nobody would want to date anyone who even remotely resembles you.

Luckily, on slashdot, you are not alone. Welcome brother/sister.

99.9% match! (0)

Tiger4 (840741) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108134)

Watch those match algorithms. This could prove to be a rather disturbing way to meet your long lost sibling. OTOH it could make a Great Jerry Springer / Dr Phil episode.

READ THE ARTICLE (5, Informative)

gurps_npc (621217) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108148)

For those of you that continue to think they are matching similar DNA, if you read the article you will find that they are doing the opposite.

That is, they are trying to create "Hybrid Vigor" - matching people whose DNA matches the LEAST. Among other things this should reduce recessive traits. No more blond haired/blue eyed children, but also no more hemophilia.

Building up a smell/looks/DNA database (5, Interesting)

viking80 (697716) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108248)

I would like to see the result of this study:
-Take the DNA of all freshmen
-Let the males and females smell each other one by one (in rooms so dark that beauty could be eliminated) and have them rate each other.
-Let the males and females see and rate each others looks (like a criminal lineup)

Now throw all that into a computer to find correlation between DNA / smell / looks.

Now you can build the database to match couples based on DNA. A lot of interesting research could come out ot it too. Exactly which genes likes which genes, and which detest each other. Are there some universally unlikable genes, and what do they code? Are there some universally likable genes, and what do they code?

Re:Building up a smell/looks/DNA database (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30108398)

I remember reading somewhere that body odor was affected by the particular strains of colonies of bacteria living in your gut.

Of course, when you last chose to bathe would be the dominating factor, but let's assume hygienic teenagers.

Re:Building up a smell/looks/DNA database (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30108434)

"-Let the males and females smell each other one by one (in rooms so dark that beauty could be eliminated) and have them rate each other." Oh, this is going to end badly...

Re:Building up a smell/looks/DNA database (1)

MaXintosh (159753) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108466)

Such a study would be riddled with false positives for any moderate sample size. In order to get statistical power over the whole genome (which is what you're proposing) you'd need a town's worth of data to even begin to correct for multiple tests. Whole Genome Inference is definitely in its infancy, and there's serious questions as to whether we'll ever be able to do it. It's much scientifically safer to approach these things with very specific hypothesis in mind.

Re:Building up a smell/looks/DNA database (1)

Dr.bme (1677344) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108710)

If I remember my Immunology course teacher correctly, they did something to this extent with women at a party smelling shirts or something. I am pretty sure it only worked for women. The basis is that to better the species you want different HLA subtypes to maximize the available differences of your MHC receptors. Basically the more different HLA subtypes the better your immune system will be able to adjust to different pathogens. But I also remember that while this might be theoretically true it has no bearing whatsoever on reality, so woop de doo

Re:Building up a smell/looks/DNA database (1)

Taur0 (1634625) | more than 4 years ago | (#30109006)

I highly doubt this would work. Smell works in combination of a lot of different factors. We are not programmed to judge the compatibility of a mate based solely on smell, but once they pass the other checks, smell adds some unconscious warning or encouragement. Asking people to judge someone in the dark would be asking for them to consciously judge the smell, which would result in a totally different effect. The better test would be to somehow have 1 person for each sex and somehow make them give off scents of others, then see if their ratings go up on average depending on the smell. Of course this is also flawed, you'd never really be able to replicate the entire smell and the signs the brain is looking for are incredibly small. It wouldn't be surprising if a difference in immune system proteins and anitbodies manifests itself in some other signs as well, voice, appearance, skin tone and complexion. Basically, there are too many factors. But I suppose that's true for all social sciences, and that's never stopped them yet!

Finally!!! (1)

hackstraw (262471) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108260)

My anti-social personality and my not desiring long walks on the beach can find me a mate!

Seriously, I have trouble dating and I've thought about using one of these services, but there is more to a person than their DNA. Plus, we can see much of people's dna from "interviewing" them and their family.

The Olfactory Web (2, Funny)

Darth Cider (320236) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108298)

This is why the HTML 6 specification will include an olfactory tag, so that biologically compatible people can agree or disagree on the basis of body odor, rather than the meaning of their words. The W3C is also considering the inclusion of an IQ tag, to further facilitate meaningful communication. It is hoped that an advanced markup system will improve the basic functionality of the internet, while also mitigating many of the problems associated with the wrong people getting together online, for understandable but regrettable reasons. The W3C considers the biggest preventable threat to tomorrow's information exchange to be the population of children born as a result of those unfortunate online hookups.

I didn't RTFA (4, Interesting)

MaXintosh (159753) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108354)

I didn't RTFA, because I can proudly say that I was involved in the group that produced MHC mediated sexual selection studies that ScientificMatch.com uses to claim their rationale. A few comments: First, if Scientific match has any wits about them, they'll also consider other information. I don't think anyone's stupid enough to think there's a single correlate to mate selection. But the worry about people who are too different is poorly founded - MHC diversity is strongly retained throughout most human lineages. We've had negative frequency dependant since we were swimming in the ocean, and as a result, if you sequenced any given allele, you'd find that it's just as related to Gorilla sequence as it is another randomly chosen allele. My ex-boss used to have students do this as an exercise to illustrate the point. Because of this, you're just as likely to find someone very MHC (or in humans, HLA) dissimilar next door in these modern, mobile times, than you are in, say, in a distant country.

Second: They're only (to my knowledge) matching at MHC for disassortative matings, not the rest of the Genome. How is this better than picking someone based on hobbies? Because research actually shows that mating patterns in humans follows this pattern. It is a bit of a crock, since the odds of you picking two people at random with similar MHC complements is low, but let's not get into that. ;)

Finally, let me just say, I'm proud that so much scientific blood, sweat and tears into understanding the maintenance of the immune system, and what drives host-parasite co-evolution, has been distilled into an online dating site. Forget having worked with a Nobel laureate, this the highest honour a scientist can know. ;)

Re:I didn't RTFA (5, Funny)

mrsurb (1484303) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108456)

I don't think anyone's stupid enough to think there's a single correlate to mate selection.

I think you underestimate the market-share of stupid.

Re:I didn't RTFA (1)

MaXintosh (159753) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108500)

I don't think anyone's stupid enough to think there's a single correlate to mate selection.

I think you underestimate the market-share of stupid.

Okay, aside from people who think all they need is a sweet ride and the chicks will be all over them... :P
Some groups do oversell correlates, but given how pervasive our MHC findings are, and how ancient the mechanism seems to be, I don't think we're over-stating it.

Re:I didn't RTFA (2, Insightful)

dr2chase (653338) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108566)

So you figure dissimilar in the immune system, but similar on the sweet-ride preference?

Will health insurance use this to get pre-existing (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108390)

Will health insurance use this to get a nice pre-existing conditions list and black list you?

Re:Will health insurance use this to get pre-exist (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108644)

Will health insurance use this to get a nice pre-existing conditions list and black list you?

They might deny coverage based on your likely future spouses medical conditions, even if you're currently single, on the theory that you and your theoretical ideal spouse might be a perfect match but unfortunately the theoretical ideal offspring might be x% more susceptible to some expensive illness, thus denied coverage.

Or, they might just do business as usual, and collect high premiums because of the "high risk", and abandon you when a claim is made.

Culture vs. Genetics (1)

Butterforge (1443045) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108406)

Sorry, but I will continue to subscribe to dating services that allow me to find like-minded individuals, because my education in anthropology has taught me that cultural traits like fidelity and political affiliation are not genetic.

Oops, did I just admit to using dating services?

Perhaps even (1)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108430)

Healthier children is the only thing that could be possible improved there for me. The rest look more related to culture (education, environment, etc) things than to genetic ones. And they put it in the last place, even doubting that it could happen.

Of course, if both deeply believe what they said (won't be so different from any "predicted" match coming from tea leaves, astrology, dices, numerology and reading hand lines) there are a chance that it will happens, and that is cultural too.

great (1)

nomadic (141991) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108468)

So I have to deal with a woman who is genetically predisposed to act like me? No thanks, I couldn't deal with a lifetime of myself.

Why hello there (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30108504)

1'52 tall Mongolian bride.

In other words ... (1)

PPH (736903) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108522)

The idea is that people tend to be attracted to those who have immune system genes that are dissimilar from their own.

... the 98 lb weakling with chronic asthma, coke-bottle glasses and a physique suited to the chess club is attracted to the 6 foot tall blonde Swedish ski champion goddess.

Slashdotters worldwide rejoice.

Offensive! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30108654)

I'm the inbred, last member of the house of Habsburg, you insensitive clod!

What else might they use the DNA for? (1)

REALMAN (218538) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108660)

After matching 100's of thousands they then have a nice database of DNA and names to sell to other companies. Want insurance? Sorry, your genetic profile shows a disposition towards cancer. Want a job? Sorry, your genetic profile shows a disposition towards violent behavior. Don't feel bad. You got a nice date didn't you? What? She got you drunk and stole your wallet? Tough break kiddo.

Business plan is doomed in the long run (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108672)

The idea is that people tend to be attracted to those who have immune system genes that are dissimilar from their own.

In the long run, if the kids HLA genes were an average of the parents, wouldn't this doom their business plan, along with the human race, once everyone had the same HLA genes?

Re:Business plan is doomed in the long run (1)

Eightbitgnosis (1571875) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108780)

My word, they'd just have to settle for having billions of dollars if everyone used their product

Pure aryan blood (1)

OrangeTide (124937) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108690)

Finally a service that allows me to only meet pure white Aryans like myself and exercise my racist ignorant views under the guise of science.

1,995.95 to signup to this rod fest. (1)

ttroutma (552162) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108818)

I can't imagine that women would be attracted to this service. Add the 1,995.95 fee to that and the pool of users is going to be horribly selected for very rational white males.

Better children (1)

ozbird (127571) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108954)

'How many dating services can you think of where they can suggest you might have better children?'

Lebensborn [wikipedia.org] , Nazi Germany, 1935. (Non-Aryans need not apply.)

Dating site matches people through E. coli tests (1)

David Gerard (12369) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108956)

KALLIKAK, Gattaca, Saturday — Genetic testing companies are promising to match couples based on Escherichia coli testing, touting the benefits of biological compatibility and claiming a match means better personality match, better sex and conclusive proof that they match right down to the asshole [today.com] .

"How many dating services can you think of where assholes can meet an asshole they really deserve?" said Eric Holzle, founder of AssholePersonalityDisorderMatch.com.

People tend to be attracted to those whose personalities are appropriately complementary to their own. APDMatch claims to be able to ascertain this by scientifically measuring the characteristics of a prospective couple's digestive tracts.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) inexplicably fails to detail Asshole Personality Disorder. However, a diagnosis of APD requires five or more of the following to be present for a significant period of time:

  • Self-importance
  • Refusal to acknowledge or even comprehend social rules
  • Delusions of adequacy
  • Believes others would do just fine if only they were sensible like him
  • Beliefs appear to change to match the situation, but that's just other people being idiotic
  • Pride in their superior people skills
  • Recto-cranial inversion
  • Projection of all symptoms on this list onto those around them.

"If we can make sure that assholes end up with other assholes," said Dr Holzle, "we can save the rest of us from dealing with their ridiculous bullshit."

But don't put too much faith in this, experts said. Dr. Rocio Moran, medical director of the General Genetics Clinic at the Cleveland Clinic, called the idea "ridiculous," and said the science of assholism is too complex to work out by looking at a few bacterial traces.

"They are just trying to make a buck," she said. "Focusing on getting those bucks from assholes is, of course, commendable. But assholism is subtle and endemic. How many times have you heard some asshole proclaim, 'hah, that really sticks it to those assholes!'?"

Holzle was not able to point to any success stories. "Quite frankly, the site tends to attract assholes. And do you think we ever want to talk to these people again? We have to swab these assholes' goddamn assholes. What a pile of shit this job is. What the hell was I thinking? Apparently some have bred. This will probably doom the human gene pool. I'm so very, very sorry."

Wired (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30108970)

I could swear this was in Wired once... As a joke.

After some searching through my collection: In the August 09 issue, in the 'Predict What's Next' section at the back, they had a thing about "Online Dating in the Future".

The above was basically just that O_o

Oooohhh... this is a bit frightening (1)

blind biker (1066130) | more than 4 years ago | (#30109024)

I know others pointed this out already, but heck, real life is starting to look like Gattaca every day more and more, until we're all fucked.

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