Thursday, February 14, 2008
Medical Reports: DNA Dating
Singles bars, blind dates, websites, people will do just about anything to find Mr. or Mrs. Right, but have you ever considered looking for love in a test tube? A new matchmaking site claims that DNA is the key to unlocking the secrets of the heart. Seven's Shireen Sandoval puts DNA Dating to the test.
WSVN -- Ahh, to be in love. You feel like you are flying, and the perfect kiss sweeps you off your feet. Everybody wants it, but just how far would you be willing to go to find it?
Traveling around the world is one thing, but would you give up a sample of DNA?
Eric Holzle: "It's just so amazing when you realize the benefits that you get from having chemistry with somebody."
But can romantic chemistry be found in a test tube? Erick Holze thinks so. He started a new dating revolution called Scientific Match.com.
It sounds like something out of science fiction, but the site claims that it can find you the perfect person based on your genetic make up.
Eric Holzle: "We send them out a DNA collection kit that consists primarily of cotton swabs that you rub on the inside of your mouth, and it's quick and painless, and then you ship that off to our DNA labs."
Then the company puts the DNA into a database. The goal? To find a perfect match.
Eric Holzle: "We only match people with 100 percent chemistry."
They use six specific genetic reference points, but, get this, a match isn't two profiles that are alike, it's profiles that are opposite.
Eric Holzle: "In the field of love, opposites attract, so we seek out people who have opposite immune system genes from each other."
Yet, not everyone is a believer.
Dr. Erin Tracy: "My concern is that there are so many different genetic tests that are available and just because it can be done doesn't mean it is a valid test."
But some singles say, "Hey, can't be worse than the bar scene, so why not try to find cupid at the end of a cotton swab?"
Stephen is a 27-year-old single lawyer.
Stephen Hayden: "We are all so fascinated with DNA and the mysteries that, you know, unlock our genetic code could solve."
At 44, Julie was also willing to give it a go.
Julie Licopoli: "It would be nice to have someone to spend the rest of your life with. I would hope that would happen."
Shireen Sandoval: "It's not all about cotton swabs and test tubes. Scientific Match also does some of the basics back ground checks, personality profiles and, of course, members can keep their identity secret until they want their DNA match to know who they are."
Eric Holzle: "Well, we have two sets of results."
The moment of truth is here. Could Stephen and Julie be a match?
Eric Holzle: "You have a B with sexual chemistry. That's OK, that's not too bad, but it's still not, in our opinion, matchable."
Julie Licopoli: "I will be curious to know if there are any other matches out there."
Both say they will keep on looking for love.
Stephen Hayden: "I think I'll survive. I'll just continue the search."
And, who knows, someone's cotton swab could end up matching him any day, and they could be DNA dating in no time.
DNA dating is not available in South Florida just yet. The owner says he hopes to move into this market soon, and it isn't cheap. It costs $2,000 to join for life.
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