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Discover if you are genetically adapted to be a Hunter or a Farmer. Your metabolism has been crafted by your ancestors’ dietary choices over the past 10,000 years. We’ll tell why you have the traits—from lactose tolerance to fat synthesis to alcohol tolerance—you have today.

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Food and ancestry? More closely related than you might think.

Great Gift For: The friend who’s curious about nutrition and loves history

What to Expect: iPhone app & website, stories about your genetic results

Value: You can blame the way you eat, drink, and metabolize food on your ancestors at your next dinner party

Experience​ ​a​ ​new​ ​chapter​ ​of​ ​your​ ​DNA​ ​story

You are unique, the product of thousands of generations of striving and success, of hardship and adaptation, of migration and mysterious ancient trysts. Your genome contains this epic, human saga. Insitome will reveal this story to you, chapter by chapter.

This chapter, Metabolism, focuses on how your diet and the way you process food is shaped by your ancestors and the decisions they made to survive. It is based on the latest research, using data from both modern and ancient DNA samples. Metabolism leads you through your story step-by-step with visual aids to help you piece together this fascinating chapter in the incredible story of you. And better yet, you can experience your story on any of your favorite devices.

Each future chapter will reveal details about 200,000+ years of human evolution that made you, you. 

Some of your ancestors were farmers and some were hunters

For thousands of years, humans were hunters and gatherers. About 10,000 years ago, some of our ancestors settled down to farm, and that cultural shift had a lasting impact on our genetic code. The results might surprise you. Did you get your ability to drink more coffee from an ancient hunting ancestor? What about your ability to digest the sugar in milk, or to tolerate a low-carb diet?

With Insitome’s Metabolism Insight, you’ll discover traits that you may have inherited from these hunters and farmers and how that made you the unique person you are today. Your results will tell you if you carry the hunter or farmer version of each of these traits: caffeine metabolism, lactose tolerance, alcohol flush, and alcohol tolerance, and what that means for you today. 


Experience the first chapter of your DNA story

You are unique, the product of thousands of generations of striving and success, of hardship and adaptation, of migration and mysterious ancient trysts. Your genome contains a uniquely, human story. Insitome, and its future products, will guide you through the last 200,000+ years of human evolution and what it means for you today.  

Each chapter of your story is overseen by Insitome founder and CEO Spencer Wells, former director of National Geographic’s Genographic Project.

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. But, some parts of the DNA remains largely intact generation after generation, altered only occasionally by random mutations. These intact stretches of DNA can be used to trace your ancestry back tens of thousands of years. Certain ancestral lineages adopted different lifestyles from others, and we can see the signatures of adaptation to those lifestyles in our DNA. Metabolism looks at your DNA for these signatures and provides fun facts about how it might impact your current lifestyle.


Your environment and current life choices do not influence the ancestral signatures in your DNA.


  • Reported traits are for entertainment purposes only
  • The field of paleogenetics is improving rapidly. Our understanding of some traits may change with more research.
  • This app will not provide any medical information.

How it works

Get access to the best and latest in DNA discovery. It takes just 3 simple steps.

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

Order Metabolism 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.

Receive your Metabolism results

After Helix sequences your DNA from your saliva, you’ll get an email from Insitome to view your results when they’re ready.

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

About Insitome

Insitome delivers immersive genetic experiences that empower, educate, and entertain. Our company values scientific innovation, storytelling, and design. Our products help reveal each fascinating chapter in the incredible and mysterious story of you. Join us in this journey of discovery today to find your place in history.

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About Helix

Helix empowers everyone to explore what makes them unique—their DNA.

From health and wellness insights to family planning and ancestry information, Helix’s growing list of partners can tap into your genetic profile to provide relevant insights for today, tomorrow and years to come.

Have a question about ordering or sequencing?


  • What does this product check for in my DNA?

    This product checks for the relevant ancestry-related parts of your DNA in order to generate your Metabolism insights.

  • How will our understanding of human lifestyles improve over time?

    As ancient DNA and more powerful methods emerge our understanding of the shape of natural history and lifestyle driven adaptations becomes more and more precise.

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

    Yes. In order to use Metabolism, you need to be sequenced by Helix. To ensure the quality and accuracy of the genetic information used for this service, products in the Helix marketplace do not accept genetic data from outside sources.

  • How does Helix provide my DNA information to Insitome? Is it 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 Insitome to generate your results. 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.

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

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

  • How do I view my results?

    Insitome will send you an email when your results are ready to be viewed online.

  • Do I need an iPhone or iPad to use this product?

    No. You can access Metabolism using your web browser on almost any device.

  • Who do I contact if I have more questions about Metabolism?

    Visit the Insitome Help Center or contact Insitome directly at