And when we smell pheromones, what we're actually smelling is how diverse someone's immune system is compared to our own," Barreto explained, matter-of-factly. So we're smelling each other, trying to figure out who is the best person to mate with," she continued. It's smelling someone's pheromones from across the room, and your brain says, 'Oh my Gosh, that's the most perfect pheromone profile I've ever smelled in my entire life.
I love them.'" When someone swabs their cheek with a Pheramor kit, the lab Mirza and Barreto work with isolates and scans 11 genes, which scientists have linked to factors for attraction.
And for her, the world stopped spinning for a moment as an idea was implanted in her mind.
She raised her hand and asked, "Could I make a Gene Harmony.com?
"All the research shows that initial attraction through your genetics is what will get two people together," Mirza said.
"But what fulfills a longtime relationship is commonalities.
And everyone has always been like, 'You should do it.' But it was always, like, fear and timing, and not knowing how," she said.
Then last year, while finishing up her doctorate in genetics at Baylor College of Medicine, she pitched the idea of a DNA-based dating app at an accelerator program, where Mirza, who had just graduated from Duke University, was also in attendance. And I think we were like, the only women at the accelerator," Mirza said.
And more than 40 million Americans rely on dating apps and websites to help them find love.She's just strange.'" DATING SAFETY: Men: This is how you can be safe using dating apps She tuned out the eye rolls, and tucked away the idea for safe-keeping."Over the past seven or eight years, I've just told friends or boyfriends, and my mom." She wasn't met with as much enthusiasm as she felt herself."The professor was like, 'Yeah, I guess so.' Like, 'You could. "And everyone kind of looked at me and was like, 'That's so Brittany.