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    Default The evolution of kissing partly rooted in smell

    Women tend to be attracted to male partners with a different immune system makeup from their own, Fisher said. They subconsciously detect information about a partner's immune system through smell during kissing, she said.

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/02/13...ef=mpstoryview

    Unfortunately, there is no further explanation of how we glean immune system info thru our sense of smell.
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    Default Re: The evolution of kissing partly rooted in smell

    Seriously?... that's crazy/weird/cool... in a fetish kinda way.

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    I've read this about mice before but never humans. I wonder how we might test this idea based on our current choice of mates. Is there any way to know besides having your mate disassembled and having his/her genes cataloged? Thanks for the cool link.

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    I haven' been sick in 4 years...
    I feel sexier by the minute.
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    Looking for lot of samples of female fragrances.

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    This is really interesting. Thanks!

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    Default Re: The evolution of kissing partly rooted in smell

    A Swiss study in 2001 reached the same conclusion concerning perfumes.
    It is a commonly accepted belief that genetic diversity increases survival. Therefore animals would benefit from choosing a mate with a different immunological system, creating offspring with a chance for better immunity.
    http://beheco.oxfordjournals.org/cgi.../full/12/2/140
    In the study, male and female subjects of reproductive age were tested for their preference for the odor of common perfume ingredients (such as violet, rose, vetiver, patchouli, benzoin, etc.) and for their preference to body odors.
    The study concluded that humans subconsciously select perfumes that reflect their own body odors (and immune system composition) in order to "advertise" themselves as potential mates.
    "If the function of perfume use is to signal the possession of specific MHC alleles, then, if anything, the ability to choose specific mixtures of scents that mimic or fortify one's own odors could have been developed. It should be extremely difficult for a person to find the mixture from the hundreds of brands that comes closest to the ideal fit with own odor. In agreement with this is that it seems to be a difficult and long lasting process during which a person finds "her" or "his" perfume, usually affording many visits to a perfume shop..."
    And we all know how we agonize about whether a perfume is "right for us."
    Little did we know, we are truly making a statement about who we are, right down to our own genetic makeup.

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    Default Re: The evolution of kissing partly rooted in smell

    That's really fascinating, Purplebird, but how would that explain our (bn'ers) typical penchant for alternately wearing a variety of scent-types (one day favoring amber-patchouli, one day something green-and-neroli?) Are we hedging our reproductive bets by projecting promiscuous messages?

    I knew this obsession of mine was more than just frivolous!

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