Geno 2.0

by National Geographic

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

$99.95

SUMMARY

Find your origins

Great Gift For: People who are curious about their family history

What to Expect: Ancestry percentages provided on a map with stories

Value: You might be able to brag that you have ancestors in common with Benjamin Franklin

WHAT MAKES NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DIFFERENT

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 800,000 people who have already taken part in the Genographic Project, you can learn more about yourself than you ever thought possible.

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.

National Geographic uses samples collected as part of the Genographic Project as references to determine which populations your DNA most closely matches. In addition, genetic markers from your mitochondrial DNA are used to trace your maternal lineage, because we all get our mitochondria from our mother. Genetic markers from the Y chromosome (the sex chromosome found in men) can be used to trace the paternal lineage for those that inherited a Y chromosome from their father.

Impact

Behavior and environment have no influence on your ancestry.

Mostly genetics

  • This app will not provide any medical information or a diagnosis.
  • Paternal line deep ancestry results are only available for males because this information comes from the Y chromosome. Regional ancestry and maternal line deep ancestry are available for everyone.
  • Regional ancestry will be more accurate for individuals from some regions.

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 Geno 2.0 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 Geno 2.0 results

After Helix sequences your DNA from your saliva, you’ll get an email from National Geographic 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 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.

Have a question about this product?support@nationalgeographic.com

National Geographic

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?support@helix.com

Questions

  • Do I need an iPhone to use Geno 2.0?

    No. You can access most of Geno 2.0’s features using your web browser on almost any device, or you can download the Geno 2.0 app from the App Store on your iPhone to access additional features, like a personalized results video and Neanderthal visual comparison tool.

  • 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 from Helix’s website or using the sample collection kit, you can contact usand let us know what’s going on. If you’re having trouble accessing your results, contact National Geographic customer service by emailing genographichelix@natgeo.com.

  • I’ve already purchased Geno 2.0 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 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.

  • Why is regional ancestry more accurate for individuals from some regions?

    Overall, genetic ancestry determination is limited by the diversity of the reference panel and currently available references do not yet include a sample of every population.

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

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