I know we don't usually re-post blogs, but this one struck me as funny. Perhaps if I don't get tenure at the same time an older thermalcycler is being disposed of, I could have a new career forming the third "DNA dating" company. Here is a blog discussing the latest and cheapest company that will use your DNA to help you find your perfect match. The service is available to both singles, who can use their database of other people who have also submitted their DNA samples to find a match, and couples where both members submit samples to find out if their genes spell fairy tale ending or divorce court (won't the lawyers have fun with this??). From the GenePartner website it appears that they base compatibility on HLA or immune loci but this sounds more like testing for can we go on a trip to Cabo together and come back speaking to each other. Maybe my new company will use microarrays to screen for "remote hogging" and "Gray's Anatomy tolerance" genes...that might be more effective.
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