Ancestry Basics

by Helix

Take the first step in the discovery of you with Ancestry Basics. You will receive your ancestry broken down in five broad continental groups and you will learn if you share traits with unique groups of people around the world.

$80.00 $49.99
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DNA traits included

Continental ancestry

Your continental ancestry is broken down into five high-level groups: East Asia, Europe, Indigenous America, South Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Tibet adaptation

In the mountains of Tibet, a specific genetic factor is hypothesized to help Tibetans live at high altitudes.

Arctic adaptation

As you move north of the equator towards the Arctic, the frequency of a certain genetic factor increases. It is thought to be related to cold tolerance.

Inuit adaptation

In Greenland, where they eat a diet high in fat, a genetic factor may help the Inuit better metabolize fat.

Africa adaptation

In Sub-Saharan Africa, a certain malaria parasite is common. People in this region have a genetic factor to protect themselves from contracting malaria.

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The science

When DNA passes from one generation to the next, most of it is mixed around by the processes that make each of us unique. Your unique mix of DNA can be used to trace your ancestry to five global groups. These groups are very broad and don’t give you the detail provided in other ancestry products, but do give you a high-level understanding of where your ancestors are from.

Human adaptations can be puzzling and the evidence behind them is often limited/incomplete or even conflicting. Genetic factors that are more common in some populations might have become more common because they have an advantageous effect, often called natural selection. However, it is also possible that these genetic factors became more common simply by chance. More research is needed to understand how traits that may be adaptive in some people affect people who live in different environments.


Your DNA is largely influenced by your ancestry. Adaptations depend also on how your ancestors interacted with their environment.


  • This product will not provide medical information.
  • This product only provides high-level continental ancestry results.
  • Results may be more accurate for individuals of certain genetic backgrounds.
  • Our understanding of population adaptations will improve with more research.

How it works

Order and we’ll send a DNA kit to your home

Order Ancestry Basics and Helix sends you a DNA collection kit, which includes everything you need to get sequenced. 

Provide a saliva sample and get sequenced

Register your DNA kit, provide a small saliva sample, and drop it in the mail using the provided pre-paid shipping box you get in your kit.

Get your results in your Helix account

After Helix sequences your DNA from your saliva, you will be able to access your Ancestry Basics results in your Helix account or the Helix app. 


  • How detailed are the ancestry results?

    This product only analyzes your ancestry in terms of 5 high-level, continental groups. Your ancestry will be broken down as a percentage of the following areas: East Asia, Europe, Indigenous America, South Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. You will not receive detailed regional ancestry results as part of this product. 

  • Do I have to get sequenced to use this product?

    Yes. In order to use Ancestry Basics, you must be sequenced by Helix. And, once you’ve been sequenced by Helix, you can purchase more DNA-powered products from a variety of categories like fitness, nutrition, entertainment, and more—all without having to get sequenced again.

  • Who does Helix share my data with?

    Your DNA information is stored securely by Helix. We do not share your DNA information with anyone without your permission. We always maintain high standards when it comes to the security and privacy of your DNA information.

  • Do I have to create an account with Helix to use this product?

    You need a Helix account to use this product and view your results. You may view your results on web and through the Helix iOS app.

  • How do I view my results?

    Helix will let you know when your DNA sample is sequenced. Once your DNA is sequenced, your results will be ready in your Helix account. To view your results, simply log into your Helix account and navigate to the “My Products” tab or download the Helix app available for iOS.

  • Where can I find consent, privacy and terms of service information for this product?

    In order to access and use Ancestry Basics, you must agree to the Helix platform consent. We also recommend that you review our privacy policy and our terms of service