It's true that extreme asymmetry in the face can imply a genetic disorder, but the effects of such conditions have become less visible as modern medicine has progressed. In a non-modern world, when long-lasting ailments were more difficult to curb, pursuing a partner with a symmetrical face was a much safer bet for making sure your children grew up healthy. But, preventative measures and even cures have made it difficult to discern a person's genetic construction just by looking at his or her face. So, nowadays, there's no reason to exclude asymmetrical faces from your dating pool for the benefit of your imaginary-future kids. Worst-case scenario? The study found that people born with asymmetrical faces today might be more prone to scratchy throats. Shudder.
Hopefully, this news takes some of the pressure off — that is, if anybody was actually weeding out asymmetrical faces from their list of prospective partners. We don't know about you, but we've always loved a cute, crooked smile.