Innovation

Dating App Matches Users Based On Genetics

Online dating has been growing around the world. Estimates show there are nearly 220 million users of dating apps worldwide in 2019 and the figure may grow to 275 million by 2023.

Database company Statista ranked Tinder as the most popular dating app in the U.S. with 7.86 million users in September. Bumble followed the list with 5.03 million U.S. mobile users.

The tool allows people to pick what they think would be the right person for them. Dating apps allow people to choose based on how they look in photos and personal description. 

But online dating may soon involve matching DNA. A scientist from Harvard wants to offer a new dating app that matches people by checking their chances of passing genetic diseases to their children. 

Geneticist George Church is known for his ambitious DNA projects. He plans to resurrect the woolly mammoth, reverse human aging and provide people with superhuman powers through modifications, Futurism reported Monday

His latest goal is to help eliminate all genetic diseases in the world by taking advantage of the growing population that uses dating apps. In some cases, people pass diseases or conditions through a process called genetic inheritance.

It occurs when a couple share the same problematic genes. Diseases are commonly carried by recessive genes. 

When two people with the same recessive genes have a baby, the offspring is 25 percent more likely to inherit a disease. With Church’s DNA dating app, finding the right one means finding a person with healthy genes and lower risk of passing diseases. 

“You wouldn’t find out who you’re not compatible with,” he told correspondent Scott Pelley in an interview with CBS’s 60 Minutes show. “You’ll just find out who you are compatible with.”

Church also highlighted a more important benefit of using the dating app. He said having people’s genome sequenced and guiding them to correct matches would help eliminate all genetic diseases. 

However, the DNA dating app is still under development. It may take years to collect genomic data before the tool starts guiding people to a healthy match. 

But as people enjoy existing dating apps, there is a chance that they may add “incompatible DNA” to their list of things to consider when picking a date. Church’s plan may someday work and help build a healthier human race.

Dating App A Harvard geneticist plans to create a DNA dating app that matches people by checking their chances of passing genetic diseases to their children.  Pixabay

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