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SW: Feature Report Channel
Reported May 3, 2010

Love In The New Age: Mr. Right

ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- From blind dates, to singles groups, to online dating, you may have tried everything to find Mr. Right. You're not alone: 93 million people in the U.S. are not married. That's 42 percent of the adult population. Now, finding your perfect mate may have just gotten a little more scientific.

What's on your checklist? Tall, dark, funny, rich, brains or brawn? Single and 35 years old, Angie Paradiso has kissed her fair share of frogs. Now she's on a mission to find her prince.

"I ask a lot about their families, where they’re from, if they have a job," she told Ivanhoe. "I ask about if they’ve ever been married before. If they have children. Why they got divorced? What do they like to do for fun? If they drink alcohol, if they don’t. If they get up early in the morning. If they sleep in. If they stay up late at night."

The answer to true love could be in your genes. A new DNA test from claims to measure how compatible two people are by comparing their immune system genes. The less alike the genes, the better the match. We decided to put it to the test with paradiso and her current flame Stewart.

"He's got a lot of things that I've always been looking for," Paradiso described of Stewart. "It's really new still and we’ve been on four dates so far."

So far so good, but what do their genes have to say?

"Level of attraction, I think is going to be very attracted," Paradiso guessed. "I would say that's going to be definitely in the 90s."

The result: about 75 percent.

"Type of interest, I think it's going to be maybe in the 80s," Paradiso said.

The result: "It's about 80 percent," Paradiso said.

"Symmetry of attraction, I think that that's going to be be close to 100," Paradiso guessed.

"It's very high," Stewart read. "That's our highest rating, 90 percent. Gee, I'm glad we got this paper or else I wouldn't know what's going on," he joked.

What's their probability of a successful pregnancy?

"I don't remember this one being on there," Paradiso laughed as she sat next to Stewart.

"That ones our lowest one," Stewart pointed out.
Their overall result?

"I think our overall result is going to be in the 90s," Paradiso guessed.

Very close: 80 percent.

According to GenePartner, Paradiso and Stewart are likely to work. But we wanted to test the test on a couple that's already married. What's Stephen and Marguerite Saker's secret to lasting love?

"Mutual respect," Marguerite answered.

"Sucking it up," Stephen added.

Does their DNA match up?

"It says a very good level of biological compatibility," Marguerite read the test results.

"It provides a very good basis for a very strong and stable long term relationship," Stephen added.

Their overall result: 70 percent … and they've been married for 27 years.

Experts say if you take a DNA test, take it with a grain of salt.

"It is as if somebody said to you, I'm going to give you a test for whether you like dark chocolate or milk chocolate, and you're going to pay money to have this test, when it would be a lot more fun and a lot more economical to just try the dark chocolate, and try the milk chocolate," Carol Lauer, Ph.D., a professor of anthropology at Rollins College in Winter park, Fla., said.

Back to our dating couple … is there a future for Paradiso and Stewart?

"Yeah definitely," Paradiso said.

The genetic test costs $99. Test results can be added to Facebook to find singles in your area that match up with you.

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