The first question out of Asma Mirza's mouth when she makes a new acquaintance these days is, "Are you single?" If she gets a yes, the 27-year-old CEO quickly follows up with a request to swab the inside of her new friend's cheek, in hopes it will help them find true love.READ ALSO: Gator hunting: A love story According to an ever-growing body of scientific research, the answer is: quite a bit.That's why Mirza and 26-year-old geneticist Brittany Barreto have spent the last year huddled in their downtown Houston office, working steadily to launch the nation's first genetics-based dating app, Pheramor.Their phone-based app, which they plan to officially roll out in February, combines genetic information with data gleaned from social media posts to create user profiles."Scientists can actually predict who's attracted to whom," Barreto explained.
She raised her hand and asked, "Could I make a Gene Harmony.com?
" She wasn't met with as much enthusiasm as she felt herself.
"The professor was like, 'Yeah, I guess so.' Like, 'You could. "And everyone kind of looked at me and was like, 'That's so Brittany.
She's just strange.'" DATING SAFETY: Men: This is how you can be safe using dating apps She tuned out the eye rolls, and tucked away the idea for safe-keeping.
"Over the past seven or eight years, I've just told friends or boyfriends, and my mom.