Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How does the Instant Chemistry Kit work?

Instant Chemistry is offering a genetic test as an additional tool for professional dating and matchmaking services to help assess the biological compatibility between their clients. In addition, Instant Chemistry is offering couples a unique opportunity to test their overall compatibility. This service collects a DNA sample from an individual and identifies the genetic make-up of part of their major histocompatibility complex (MHC/HLA) and serotonin uptake transporter (5-HTTLPR). Collecting the DNA is as simple as taking a saliva sample. The DNA is then isolated for genetic analysis using Instant Chemistry’s confidential, secure proprietary process. This results in a unique IC BioCompatibility Score, which is then used to assess the person’s compatibility with other individuals based on their IC BioCompability Score. Analysis of the genetic make-up of two individuals can help determine whether two individuals will experience physical attraction and compatibility when they meet for the first time. Or if the couple is already together this assessment can help determine strengths and weaknesses in overall compatibility in order to improve relationship success.

What personal information does Instant Chemistry take from me?

To use Instant Chemistry’s service you need only provide Instant Chemistry with a sample of your DNA. Your DNA sample is submitted in an anonymous fashion using a bar-code identifier that is provided to you on a confidential basis as part of the testing kit. We call this your IC Personal Identifier which ensures your sample and DNA data are compiled and stored anonymously. Your personal DNA data is yours alone to access. If you're already in a relationship, not even your partner will be able to see it!

How will my personal information be used?

It will only be used to further improve our matching algorithms. Any statistical analysis of single individuals or couples in a self-identified relationship will be stripped of all personal information in advance. The tube containing your DNA sample will be labelled with a unique identification number. This unique identification number will be used to link your DNA sample to the personal information you provide. Every effort will be made to ensure confidentiality of any identifying information that is obtained in connection with this test. Your DNA sample is submitted anonymously by you using your IC Personal Identifier (and not your name or other personally identifiable data) directly to one of our accredited, licensed laboratories. These labs in turn will provide their results to Instant Chemistry anonymously for analysis. Instant Chemistry then submits this DNA analysis to our proprietary process to establish your unique IC BioCompatibility Score, which is reported privately to you on a secure, confidential basis.

Will Instant Chemistry conduct any health related analysis of my DNA?

No. The genetic tests that will be performed do not tell us anything about your health or health issues which you or your family may have. Your DNA sample will be destroyed immediately after it has been analyzed to establish your IC BioCompatibility Score and therefore cannot possibly be subject to any future testing that has not been authorized by you. Your privacy is our utmost concern. We will never share your DNA data with anyone unless you ask us to.

Who owns my DNA?

Instant Chemistry will own the results of research and analysis of the results. You will remain the owner of the samples you provide. Your samples will be stored with Instant Chemistry until we have uploaded your data into our database. After samples have been processed, they will be destroyed in accordance with legally mandated regulatory procedures for the destruction of such samples.

Are there risks to participating?

There are no known health risks involved in collecting your DNA with a saliva sample. That said, we may not be able to process your DNA for a number of reasons. If we can’t process your DNA we won’t be able to process the sample or provide your results. In this case, the sample will be destroyed. In addition, if we test your DNA and for whatever reason your test fails, we will send another test kit at no charge. We're pretty easy going that way!

Where will the testing be carried out?

Analysis of your DNA will be carried out by accredited, licensed laboratories at established health centres or universities. Instant Chemistry has partnered with the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario to process the samples. Samples may also be processed at Instant Chemistry's own facility which has been certified under ISO 13485:2003 and has a Medical Device Establishment License from Health Canada. These laboratories operate under strict scientific and privacy protocols established and supervised by Instant Chemistry. After your sample has been processed, it will be destroyed in accordance with legally mandated regulatory procedures for the destruction of such samples.

What genetic information will be collected and how will it be used?

Instant Chemistry will collect information about the genetic make-up of your Major Histocompatibility Complex and 5-HTTLPR (serotonin-transporter-linked polymorphic region). Instant Chemistry will also use genetic markers to identify the make-up of some of your major histocompatibility complex genes in determining your unique IC BioCompatibility factors. In addition, to enhance its database and analysis procedures, Instant Chemistry may obtain additional genetic information that’s not personally identifiable from the sample you submit to validate and improve the scientific knowledge and protocols behind our proprietary compatibility assessment process.

Why would I take this test with my partner?

Instant Chemistry was created to help singles find high quality matches in the abundance of online dating choices. Since we started, couples have repeatedly asked us to provide a test to assess overall compatibility with their partner. That was the reason why we created the Couples Kit. It is extraordinarily rare for couples to score perfect on all measures of compatibility. In fact, it’s never happened…yet. This is completely natural and all part of what makes all of our relationships unique and special. Instant Chemistry is not meant to score your relationship satisfaction. Rather, our genetic and psychological test will help you and your partner explore your relationship in a unique way. You’ll learn your strengths as a couple and areas where you might improve. Never before have you been able to combine genetics and psychology in order to explore your relationship and help it grow!

What if my partner and I get a low score?

Most couples who take the Instant Chemistry test obtain an overall compatibility score between 60-80%. What’s interesting is how these scores breakdown along our three measures of compatibility: physical chemistry, emotional compatibility, and psychological compatibility. For example, some couples score high on psychological compatibility but low on physical chemistry, while other couples score high on physical chemistry scores but low on emotional compatibility. Learning how your overall compatibility score breaks down will give you an unbiased assessment of your relationship with your partner. Depending on your scores we’ll also provide tips to help you nurture your relationship and help it grow. Never before has science been so useful for helping you improve the most important aspect of your life: who you choose to share it with.

Does this test work for the LGBTQ community?

We're running a research trial to find out. If you're interested in participating please send us your contact information and we'll tell you how you can help further the science of relationship compatibility.