Geno 2.0 Next Generation
by National Geographic

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

Get the Helix DNA kit and learn the migration paths of your ancient ancestors.

  • Geno 2.0 Next Generation
  • Helix DNA kit
    Required one time only so Helix can collect a saliva sample from you to sequence your DNA.

your price:

An unprecedented view into your deep ancestry

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.

Geno 2.0 Next Generation

by National Geographic

Neanderthal ancestry analysis

A percentage of how much your DNA is similar to our ancient cousins, the Neanderthals.

Deep ancestry report

A rich report that reveals the anthropological story of your ancestors—where they lived and how they migrated. Includes videos, articles, and illustrations

Regional ancestry makeup

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

Historical genius matches

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

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 Next Generation 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 Next Generation 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 saliva sample from you. This kit has everything you need to provide that sample from the comfort of your own home.

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 saliva sample from you. This kit has everything you need to provide that sample from the comfort of your own home.

A unique Kit ID you’ll use to register your kit

The science

When DNA passes from one generation to the next, most of it is mixed around by the processes that give each of us our individuality. 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 time back many generations.


Your ancestry is determined entirely by your genetics.


  • 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.


  • 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

  • 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.

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.

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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.

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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 so we can sequence your DNA.

Once you’re sequenced, you can gain insights from any product on Helix for years to come—all without having to provide another saliva sample ever again.