Most of us remember a controversial science fiction movie "GATTACA" featuring Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman. It is a movie depicting a dark future where people are discriminated against based on their genes and everyone is a literally a slave to their own DNA. Is this true? Is this going to be our future?
Not likely, but knowing your DNA could improve your love life.
The last few years have seen a boom in genetic tests available to persons privately. DNA-genealogy, paternity and sibling testing, personal genome typing and very recently, genetic partner matching are already available on the market.
Whether or not you physically click with someone, whether or not you feel that rare sensation of perfect chemistry with someone special, basically whether you are biologically compatible with someone actually depends on the sequence of DNA base pairs in a specific location on chromosome number six.
This part of DNA codes the so-called Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) that plays a crucial role in our body's immune system defenses against diseases. It's one of the rare genes that displays polymorphism, which means that not all people have exactly the same sequence of this gene.