Geno 2.0 Next Generation

An unprecedented view into your deep ancestry

Since its launch in 2005, National Geographic’s Genographic Project has used advanced DNA analysis and worked with indigenous communities to help answer fundamental questions about where humans originated and how we came to populate the Earth. Now, cutting-edge technology is enabling us to shine a powerful new light on our collective past. By joining more than 780,000 people who have already taken part in the Genographic Project, you can learn more about yourself than you ever thought possible.

Questions you’ll answer
What is my ancestral makeup?
What migration routes did my ancestors take?
What percent Neanderthal am I?
Could I be related to a genius?

Geno 2.0
Next Generation

Discover the migration paths your ancient ancestors followed, and learn the details of your ancestral makeup.

Results are ready in 6–10 weeks.

$149.95 [-] [+]
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U.S. residents only. You must be 18 or older to use Helix.

DNA collection kit & sequencing Deep ancestry report Regional ancestry makeup Historical genius matches
DNA collection kit & sequencing Deep ancestry report Regional ancestry makeup Historical genius matches

What You'll Get

DNA collection kit & sequencing

DNA collection kit & sequencing

Helix sends you a kit with instructions on how to provide a simple saliva sample and sequences your DNA


Deep ancestry report

Deep ancestry report

A rich report that reveals the anthropological story of your ancestors—where they lived and how they migrated


Regional ancestry makeup

Regional ancestry makeup

A breakdown of your regional ancestry by percentage, going as far back as 200,000 years


Historical genius matches

Historical genius matches

Learn which historical geniuses, like Benjamin Franklin or Nikola Tesla, you might be related to


Getting your results

Are you part Neanderthal? Find out with a bit of saliva and a lot of sound science

Order Geno 2.0 Next Generation and Helix will send you a DNA collection kit and sequence your DNA from your saliva sample. We’ll share the ancestry-related As, Ts, Cs, and Gs of your genetic code with National Geographic, and when the story of your ancient ancestors is ready to be revealed, you’ll get an email from National Geographic.

Getting your results

The Science Behind Geno 2.0 Next Generation

When DNA passes from one generation to the next, most of it is mixed around by the processes that make each of us unique. But, some parts of the DNA chain remain largely intact through generation after generation, altered only occasionally by random mutations. The order in which these mutations occur allows geneticists to trace our common evolutionary timeline back many generations.

Genetic info analyzed

  • Maternal line: Over 3,000 markers on mitochondrial DNA
  • Paternal line (for males): Over 10,000 markers on the Y chromosome
  • Hominin and regional: Over 200,000 markers across the entire genome

Genetic impact

gene  Behavior and environment have no influence on your ancestry.

Limitations

This app will not provide any medical information. Paternal lineage results are only available for males because the information for the paternal line lies in the Y chromosome. However, maternal lineage results are available for both females and males. The field of paleogenetics is in its infancy and our understanding of hominin ancestry is improving rapidly. Regional ancestry will be more accurate for individuals from some regions.

Questions you might have

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 Next Generation 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 Next Generation 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 Next Generation 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.


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 Next Generation 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 Next Generation 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 Next Generation 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.

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About National Geographic

National Geographic’s Genographic Project has used advanced DNA analysis and worked with indigenous communities to help answer fundamental questions about where humans originated and how we came to populate the Earth. Now, cutting-edge technology is enabling us to shine a powerful new light on our collective past.

About Helix

Helix empowers everyone to explore what makes them unique—their DNA. From health and wellness insights to family planning and ancestry information, you’ll have access to products and services from our growing list of partners for today, tomorrow, and years to come.