Your DNA adventure starts now

DNA discovery is about learning who you are. With Geno 2.0,  you'll discover the migration paths your ancient ancestors followed, and learn the details of your ancestral makeup.

How it works

Getting started with Helix

Spit

Register your DNA collection kit and provide a small saliva sample.

Ship

Just ship off your sample in the pre-paid shipping box and stay tuned for your results.

Shop

Now that you have your sequence, you can shop all the products in the Helix store without submitting another sample.

The Helix DNA kit

To capture the information stored in your DNA so it can be used for this product, we need to collect a small, one-time saliva sample from you. This kit has everything you need to provide that sample from the comfort of your own home, and you’ll never have to provide another.

  • A unique Kit ID you’ll use to register your kit

  • Saliva collection tube, cap, and printed instructions

  • A small bag and prepaid box to send your saliva sample to our lab

Questions

  • Do I need an iPhone to use Geno 2.0?

    No. You can access most of Geno 2.0’s features using your web browser on almost any device, or you can download the Geno 2.0 app from the App Store on your iPhone to access additional features, like a personalized results video and Neanderthal visual comparison tool.

  • Will the Genographic Project conduct health-related analysis on my DNA sample or provide the sample to my physician?

    No. The Genographic Project will not conduct any health-related tests on the DNA samples provided by participants. The DNA analysis conducted by National Geographic is intended to determine what migratory routes your deep ancestors followed, on which branch of the human family tree you belong, and what your regional genetic affiliations are. The markers analyzed to generate these results do not have any current health-related association.

  • If I have a problem with ordering, who do I talk to?

    If you’re having trouble ordering Geno 2.0 from Helix’s website or using the sample collection kit, you can contact us and let us know what’s going on. If you’re having trouble accessing your results, contact National Geographic customer service by emailing genographic@ngs.org.

  • I’ve already purchased Geno 2.0 from National Geographic. Is the product on Helix any different?

    No, the results you receive from buying on Helix and National Geographic are the same.

  • How does Helix provide my DNA information to National Geographic? Is my information shared with anyone else?

    Your DNA information is stored securely by Helix. When sequencing is complete, Helix only sends the relevant DNA information needed by National Geographic to generate your deep ancestral and regional reports. We do not share your DNA information with anyone without your permission. We always maintain the highest standards when it comes to the security and privacy of your DNA information.

  • How do I view my results?

    National Geographic will send you an email when insights about your deep ancestry are ready to be viewed.

  • How accurate are my results?

    Your DNA is sequenced using our Exome+ technology. We provide National Geographic with more than 200,000 markers from your autosomal chromosomes, the Y-chromosome, and mitochondrial DNA. The results of your sequence are then compared to each of 60 geographic and ethnic populations to calculate which two of these populations were most similar to you in terms of the genetic markers you carry.

    In addition to state-of-the-art technology, Geno 2.0 leverages what was learned from the first two phases of the Genographic Project to give customers an even richer and clearer picture of their genetic makeup and ancestry.

  • Why is regional ancestry more accurate for individuals from some regions?

    Overall, genetic ancestry determination is limited by the diversity of the reference panel and currently available references do not yet include a sample of every population.

  • How do I learn more about how National Geographic uses my information?

    You can find learn more in the National Geographic Privacy PolicyTerms of Service, and Product Consent.

The only DNA test you’ll ever need


We’ll send you a Helix DNA kit for you to provide a small saliva sample. We’ll sequence your DNA–and you’ll be able to use it to learn, again and again.

Your gateway to discovery


Begin your DNA learning journey with Geno 2.0 by National Geographic, a simple mobile app and website showcasing your ancestral origins.

Get lifetime secure storage


We securely store and protect your DNA information so that you can use it for different tests, apps, and products, worry-free.

Keep learning with 35+ more products


From health tests to just-for-fun discoveries, shop a variety of products on the Helix Store to continue learning from your DNA whenever you like.

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