I’ve got a piece in the Jan/Feb issue of Discover about the science behind osculation (the scientific term for kissing). A favorite example:
7. Being close enough to kiss helps our noses assess compatibility. In a landmark study, evolutionary biologist Claus Wedekind of the University of Lausanne in Switzerland reported that women prefer the scents of men whose immunity-coding genes are different from their own. Mixing genes that way may produce offspring with stronger immune systems.
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