The elephant often in the room during the hawt summer months is the dreaded, yet almost unavoidable issue of body odor. Most of us do everything we can to avoid any sort of strong smell that naturally comes from our bodies, but I'd like you single men and women out there to take this stink-ridden season as an opportunity for finding a compatible mate.
WTF? You say. I say, it's all very simple: people with dissimilar genes are more likely to be attracted to each others' body scent AND more likely to have a fulfilling sex life (thus, less likely to cheat). WebMD states:
You may remember the experiment in 1995 in which female (presumably heterosexual) college students were asked to rate the "pleasantness" of the smell of several unwashed T-shirts that had been worn for two nights by several different male students. It showed that the more different the woman and man were in their genes (in particuar, the ones that cause immune responses), the more "pleasant" she rated his T-shirt.So ladies and gentlemen, I challenge you to take this sweltering weather as an opportunity to sniff out your next relationship! You might even find... love at first whiff (god, I kill me).
In other words, the less they both had genes that serve the protective function of causing immune responses, the more likely the woman would be sexually attracted to him. On average, heterosexual couples share only about 20% of their immune system genes. So, when it comes to immune system genes, opposites do attract.
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