DNA traits included
Your continental ancestry is broken down into five high-level groups: East Asia, Europe, Indigenous America, South Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa.
In the mountains of Tibet, a specific genetic factor is hypothesized to help Tibetans live at high altitudes.
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.
In Greenland, where they eat a diet high in fat, a genetic factor may help the Inuit better metabolize fat.
In Sub-Saharan Africa, a certain malaria parasite is common. People in this region have a genetic factor to protect themselves from contracting malaria.
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.
Why do I need the Helix DNA kit?
Products on Helix use the DNA information found in your saliva to give you insights into what makes you, you. The Helix DNA kit has everything you need to provide a saliva sample and send it to our lab to we can sequence your DNA.
Once you are sequenced, you can gain insights from any from any product on Helix for years to com – all without having to provide another saliva sample ever again.