Sunday 12 July 2020

Dutch researchers test out dna dating at Lowlands music festival

Researchers from Leiden University’s medical school are carrying out dna checks at this year’s Lowlands festival to find out if dna dating could be a realistic option.

‘Is he or she the right one? The answer is in your dna,’ according to a promo text for the research on the Lowlands website.

‘In terms of genetics, opposites attract. Will you you find a dna match during Lowlands? The Leiden medical centre team are researching if dna dating is the future.’

People who volunteer to be tested will give a dna sample and fill in a short questionnaire. One month later, couples will hear if they are meant to be together and singles will be offered the contact information of their perfect match.

All the results will be destroyed after the experiment has been completed.

Ultimately, the researchers hope to win more attention for the current developments in dna research. ‘Things are moving very quickly and there are a lot of ethical issues,’ researcher Karin van der Tuin told broadcaster NOS. ‘By working together with Lowlands visitors, we will be able to think more about them.’


In total, six different teams will be carrying out experiments at the Planet Paradise section of the Lowlands festival ground.

Two years ago, Leiden researchers used Lowlands to gather information and identify carriers of the ‘thrill gene’.

The festival takes place from 18 to 20 August in Biddinghuizen.

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