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Beauty Byte: Online Dating Gets Smelly

Finding the perfect mate is more about good looks and good times. How often have you met a potential suitor, only to become turned off by what cologne they were wearing? Or perhaps it was something about their personal scent was just a bit off to you. Science can explain that. "If everything fits, you have the same interests, lots to talk about, but you can’t stand their smell, then a love affair doesn’t stand a chance," biologist August Hämmerli told ScienceDaily.

Enter the world of online dating. Likes: Walks on the beach, a night in with a good movie and bottle of wine, and body odor? While nothing beats a good face-to-face smelling, Basisnote, a soon-to-be available technology that matches body odor preferences, will be offered in conjunction with a yet-to-be-named online dating service. Find out more about this unique idea when you

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To determine your own body odor, a simple saliva test is given, which is entered into a database for potential match ups. "Obviously, smell is by no means the only factor in choosing a partner. However, our test makes it a measurable component," explained Hämmerli. Our noses are actually wired to sniff out varied gene pools, a great choice for some strapping offspring. I guess the nose knows, after all.

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