Benefits of dating an ugly guy
'If everyone is going after the most common characteristics, then someone who targets the rare ones, would have an advantage.' Dr Brooks, based at the University of New South Wales, in Sydney, said the phenomenon could be related to special proteins called MHC molecules, which are part of the immune system.The more diverse a selection of MHCs you inherit from your parents, the better equipped you are to fight off disease. Not only can women detect that difference, but they also tend to prefer the smell of men whose MHCs complement their own.As part of his research - which featured in today's issue of New Scientist magazine - Dr Brooks teamed up with researchers at James Cook University, in Townsville, Australia.This makes sense, according to Dr Brooks, because any children resulting from such a pairing would have more diverse MHCs.And the variety of MHC molecules has nothing to do with a man's or woman's appearance.If the face you see in the mirror each morning makes you wince, take heart.
Because being ugly may actually help you attract the opposite sex, scientists believe.
They have found that having an 'unusual' appearance can be a good way to charm a mate.