Singles try to sniff out love at pheromone parties

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Sniff your way to love? Singles who have attended so-called pheromone parties haven't ruled it out.

The get-togethers held in New York and Los Angeles and planned for other cities ask guests to submit a slept-in T-shirt that will be smelled by other participants.

Then, voila! You can pick your partner based on scent, or so the theory goes.

The parties started out as an experimental matchmaking fest by a woman weary of online dating, but it turns out they also have a root in science. Researchers have shown that humans can use scent to sort out genetic combinations that could lead to weaker offspring.

Several dozen people attended a recent party in Los Angeles, though many chuckled at the idea of finding a match in a smelly T-shirt.

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