Helix Ancestry

by Helix

Take the first step in the discovery of you with Helix Ancestry. You will receive your ancestry broken down in twenty-six regional groups and you will learn if you share traits with unique groups of people around the world.

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Helix Ancestry

Where on Earth did

I come from?

Helix Ancestry will jumpstart your curiosity about your origins and give you six compelling details about you and your DNA.

Traits included:

Regional ancestry

The regional ancestry results you will get are broken down into 26 regions within eight high-level groups: East Asia, Europe, Indigenous America, Arctic, Oceania, Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Altitude adaptation

In the mountains of Tibet, a unique genetic factor is hypothesized to give Tibetans an advantage for living at high altitudes. Find out if you have the altitude adaptation.

Arctic adaptation

As you move north of the equator towards the arctic, the frequency of a unique genetic factor increases. It is hypothesized that it might be related to cold weather. Find out if you have the cold adaptation.

Inuit adaptation

In Greenland, where they eat a diet high in fat, a genetic factor may help the Inuit metabolize all that fat. Find out if you have the diet adaptation.

Lactose intolerance

While babies are born with the ability to digest lactose in milk, that ability is generally reduced after weaning. However, some populations have evolved the ability to digest lactose into adulthood.

Malaria adaptation

Some humans who live in areas where malaria is common have adapted to avoid the disease. In sub-Saharan Africa, a specific genetic factor prevents one of the parasites that transmit malaria.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

    Yes. In order to use Helix Ancestry, 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 health and wellness—all without having to get sequenced again.

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

    Yes, you need a Helix account to use this product and view your results. You may view your results through Helix account in a web browser.

  • 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 Results” tab.

  • Who analyzes my DNA information?

    For Helix Ancestry: Helix analyzes your DNA information.

  • How detailed are the ancestry results in Helix Ancestry?

    This product analyzes your ancestry in terms of 26 regional ancestry groups. Your ancestry will be broken down as a percentage of regions in the following areas: East Asia, Europe, Arctic, Oceana, Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, Indigenous America, and Sub-Saharan Africa. You will not receive detailed regional ancestry results as part of this product. 

  • How do I learn more about how Helix uses my information for Helix Ancestry?

    You can learn more in the Helix Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, as well as in the Helix Ancestry.