A University of Manchester professor and his wife have had their own DNA analysed for compatibility as part of the research for a new book out on 1 October in the US and next week in the UK.
Professor Daniel Davis and his wife Katie's experience is documented in The Compatibility Gene, published by Oxford University Press in the US and Penguin in the UK, which discusses how our crucial compatibility genes may influence finding a life partner as well as our health and individuality.
Professor Davis said: "We each possess a similar set of around 25,000 human genes. Some of our genes vary from person to person, like those that give us a particular eye or hair colour. But my book is about the few genes our compatibility genes that vary the most between each of us. First and foremost these are immune system genes; they control how we combat disease. But recent research shows that they may be even more important than we once thought there is evidence that they can influence how our brains are wired, how attractive we are, even how likely we are to reproduce.''
"I'm used to writing academic papers looking at particular cells and genes but I had to write this book to highlight the wonder of this new research take stock of the big picture - and make this fascinating new science accessible to everyone."
The book explains how research has radically transformed knowledge of the way our bodies work - with profound consequences for medical research and ethics. The story begins with a small band of scientific pioneers who, during the Second World War, struggled to understand the mysteries of transplants and grafts. And continues to the Swiss zoologist who had people rank the sexiness of smells from worn T-shirts - and found the results related to our compatibility genes. Very recent experiments discussed in the book show that these same genes may also influence the likelihood of problems in pregnancy.
Professor Davis, Direc
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