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Does this make scents? Pheromone parties for single people

Whiff of Romance

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Konstantin Bakhurin, left, and Martina Desalvo smell shirts during a pheromone party, Friday, June 15, 2012, in Los Angeles. The get-togethers, which have been held in New York and Los Angeles and are planned for other cities, require guests to submit a slept-in T-shirt that will be sniffed by other participants. Then you can pick your partner based on scent. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Whiff of Romance

Mark J. Terrill/AP

Tegan Artho-Bentz reacts after smelling a shirt during a pheromone party, Friday, June 15, 2012, in Los Angeles. The get-togethers, which have been held in New York and Los Angeles and are planned for other cities, require guests to submit a slept-in T-shirt that will be sniffed by other participants. Then you can pick your partner based on scent. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Whiff of Romance

Mark J. Terrill/AP

Partygoers reach for bagged shirts during a pheromone party, Friday, June 15, 2012, in Los Angeles. The get-togethers, which have been held in New York and Los Angeles and are planned for other cities, require guests to submit a slept-in T-shirt that will be sniffed by other participants. Then you can pick your partner based on scent. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Whiff of Romance

Mark J. Terrill/AP

Konstantin Bakhurin, center, smells a shirt as Martina Desalvo, left, and Neelroop Parikfhak look on during a pheromone party, Friday, June 15, 2012, in Los Angeles. The get-togethers, which have been held in New York and Los Angeles and are planned for other cities, require guests to submit a slept-in T-shirt that will be sniffed by other participants. Then you can pick your partner based on scent. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Whiff of Romance

Mark J. Terrill/AP

Scott Yacyshyn, left, talks with Tegan Artho-Bentz she smells a shirt during a pheromone party, Friday, June 15, 2012, in Los Angeles. The get-togethers, which have been held in New York and Los Angeles and are planned for other cities, require guests to submit a slept-in T-shirt that will be sniffed by other participants. Then you can pick your partner based on scent. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Whiff of Romance

Mark J. Terrill/AP

Partygoers reach for bagged shirts during a pheromone party, Friday, June 15, 2012, in Los Angeles. The get-togethers, which have been held in New York and Los Angeles and are planned for other cities, require guests to submit a slept-in T-shirt that will be sniffed by other participants. Then you can pick your partner based on scent. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)


A new type of gathering is making a stink on the coasts.

Singles are attending so-called pheromone parties in New York and Los Angeles where guests are asked to wear a t-shirt, bring it to the party, put it in a ziplock bag, and then pass it around to be smelled by other participants who'll decide if they feel the funk.

The experimental matchmaking parties caught wind as an alternative for the online dating-weary, but the science of scent is not new for researchers who say the sense signals may indicate genetic combinations that could lead to weaker or stronger offspring.

Several dozen people attended a recent party in L.A. 

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