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A story of genetic matchmaking.
Have you ever experienced that strange yet pleasant feeling inside? That comforting warmth and intimacy in the eyes of your partner. If yes, the chances are you want to experience it over and over again. Good news! Scientific studies found out that, to some extend, it’s genetically determined. It implies that from genetic data of both partners it is possible to tell, whether or not this feelings could occur. To some extend, of course, since true love has no boundaries, right?
There is something special in finding a partner with some kind of “genetic code compatibility”. Some may dream about <<the only one>>, the perfect genetic match — living somewhere on the Earth. Others would rather turn to fantasy of getting a list of phone numbers of genetically matching girls — the very girls that would definitely say “yes!” to whatever question asked.
The way of the future
Recently, a new player has emerged on the market. A project called Zenome is going to change completely the way we deal with genetic information. The new approach puts user in control of their data that greatly enhances the number of possibilities for the user. That’s not limited to providing better health-care and all these “genetics for fun” kits.
The really fascinating thing about the Zenome is that it also enables for a new kind of social interactions, which fundamentally involve genetic data. Since we are talking about deeper integration of genomics into our daily life, the need for a platform is obvious. And Zenome makes just that.
Well, genetic matchmaking is now possible, although being a bit less idealistic and more scientific. Whatever dream you have of genetic matchmaking, soon you will be able to try. So, for those in active search, lets find out what genetic matchmaking is all about.
A Brief History of Genetic Matchmaking
The first evidence that there is so-called biological compatibility emerged at famous “sweaty t-shirt” experiment, prepared by Claus Wedekind. During the experiment, a group of males wore T-shirts for 2 days in a row. The sweaty t-shirts were taken from them and handed over to a group of females. They thoroughly smell the “musky scent of man” and decide upon the sexual attractiveness of t-shirts’ owners.
No, they did not consider all t-shirts to be nasty, or disgusting, or whatever. Each participant of that weird activity found some t-shirts to have a very pleasant smell. Some of them said that t-shirt smelled exactly the way their boyfriends smell. That was quite suspicious.
So the question hangs heavy in the air concerning a purely theoretical way of picking up a girl by just not taking a shower for few days. Take five, if you are more concerned about practical applications, but the science works differently. At first, they studied the very nature of the phenomenon.
The results were so astounding, they forgot about the practical side for a moment. It turned out a special part of DNA, that varies a lot between individuals, (namely HLA) appeared to be involved. Any two individuals with similar HLA could possibly be relatives. In short, preferential attraction to HLA-dissimilar individuals dramatically decreases the chances for mating between relatives. It is beneficial in an evolutionary perspective, as it increases the viability of the offspring by decreasing the chances of recessive mutations. The subsequent studies discovered the details and since then service allowing for dating a partner, that smells the best, is possible.
The future is coming
Genomics is an infant industry, that is expected to have a huge impact on existing services by increasing the level of personalization. In contrast, recently, genomics has been mostly concerned with genetic studies involving many individuals, that implies no personalization. In short, the focus of genomics is narrowing to the individual level from the level of groups of individuals.
Current genomic infrastructure is missing a unified platform for personal genomics and thus not ready to meet the new demands. The above-mentioned Zenome Platform is emerging to fill that hole. The team works hard right now to provide unified environment allowing for building genomic services on the top of it such as dating service. The platform features token-based economy. A dedicated token, ZNA token, will be issued.
Zenome will begin the pre-sale of tokens on October 17. That can be viewed as a great opportunity for those interested in genetics and supporters of the project to buy tokens at the lowest price possible. The initial sale price will be dynamic and initially set twice higher than at the time of pre-sale.