AN UNPRECEDENTED VIEW INTO
YOUR DEEP ANCESTRY


Discover the complete story of your ancestors’ journey from 200,000 years ago to today with National Geographic’s Genographic Project and our Ancestry DNA kit, Geno 2.0.

National Geographic's Genographic Project uses DNA analysis and cutting-edge technology to answer fundamental questions about where we originated and how our ancestors came to populate the Earth. Join the thousands of people who have already taken part in the Genographic Project— and unlock the mysteries of your deep ancestry.

*The International and Canadian versions of the Geno 2.0 DNA Kit are no longer available for sale. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Ancestry Results Dashboard

Your ancestry results dashboard lets you access all your information from one place. Share your journey with friends, learn more about the science behind Geno2.0, and much more.

Deep Ancestry Report

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

Your Hominin Ancestry

When our ancestors first migrated out of Africa around 60,000 years ago, they met other homimin species and interbred.

Regional Ancestry Makeup

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

Genius Matches

Geno 2.0 Next Gen with Helix now includes Historical Genius Matches. Through analysis of your mitochondrial or Y-chromosome DNA, we tell you which famous "geniuses" you could be related to.

Geno 2.0 app Available

Gain a unique view of your DNA results with our new iOS app for phones and tablets. Easily share a custom video of your ancestral journey and a Neanderthal selfie with friends and family!

The Genographic Project


National Geographic’s Genographic Project is a multiyear research initiative using cutting-edge technology to uncover humankind’s deep ancestry and better understand our shared genetic roots. With the help of participants around the world, anthropologist Miguel Vilar and a team of renowned scientists are unlocking the human story.

The Science Behind the Kit

When DNA is passed from one generation to the next, most of it is recombined by the processes that give each of us our individuality. But some parts of the DNA chain remain largely intact, altered only occasionally by random mutations, which become what are called genetic markers. The order in which these markers occur allows geneticists to trace our common evolutionary time line back many generations.

Your Story

Your Geno 2.0 results give you a never-before-seen view of your lineage. You’ll discover the migration paths your ancient ancestors followed thousands of years ago. You’ll also learn the details of your unique ancestral makeup—the biographical and geographical components that make up who you are. You’ll even learn if you have any Neanderthal DNA.

Our Story

Your results are just the beginning. By regularly visiting the Genographic Project website, you’ll find out more as Genographic scientists pull together connections, uncover new paths, and provide fresh insights into your lineage. If you choose to create a personal profile, you can connect with others around the world who share your deep ancestry.

The Human Story

Working together, we are unveiling the story of us—how our ancestors migrated from Africa to populate the Earth tens of thousands of years ago. If we all share such a common ancestry, why do we look so different? That’s just one of the important questions the Genographic Project is asking. Through your participation, you can help us answer them.

Order<br> the kit

Order
the kit

The Geno 2.0 Helix kit has everything you need to get your
DNA sequenced, including registration instructions, and a pre- addressed, pre-paid return mailer.
Provide a <br>sample saliva

Provide a
sample saliva

Register your kit at Helix.com, provide a saliva sample, and
drop it in the mail.
Access your<br>results

Access your
results

Once your DNA is sequenced,
we'll send you an email with a
link to view your results.
Results may take 6-12 weeks.

Geno 2.0 Key features

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Strange as it sounds, clicking through the paths that my ancient ancestors took out of Africa and across the world made me feel a connection to them across time. And, it turns out, my maternal line is pretty rare Taíno one! So I also get to enjoy being pretty unique.

Ben K

I have tried 23andMe and AncestryDNA and found the National Geographic experience with Helix to the (most) best.

Zach the Curious

  • Will the Genographic Project conduct health-related analysis on my DNA sample?
  • How does Helix provide my DNA information to National Geographic? Is my information shared with anyone else?
  • How do I view my results?
  • How accurate are my results?
  • What is the Geno 2.0 App?
  • Delivery
  • Returns
  • Replacement Policy For Helix Kits
  • Already been sequenced by Helix?
  • About Helix
  • Will the Genographic Project conduct health-related analysis on my DNA sample?

    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 known health-related association.
  • 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 your results are ready to be viewed on Genographic.com. You can also log in at any time to view the status.
  • 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."
  • What is the Geno 2.0 App?

    The Geno 2.0 app allows you to view your regional, deep and hominin ancestry results in a new and compelling way, starting with your own customized video and a Neanderthal selfie that you can share on Facebook with your family and friends.
    The app is available to U.S. customers only, and is available only for use on Apple iPhones and iPads. It can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store. You will need your Helix account information to log in and access your results.
  • Delivery

    "Geno 2.0 Helix Kit has $9.95 Shipping & Handling (S&H) per kit for delivery within the United States. A maximum of 20 US kits can be bought at a time.
    The Geno Next Generation Helix Kit is not available outside the 50 United States or District of Columbia."
  • Returns

    Due to the cost of the DNA analysis, once the kit has been opened, we cannot accept returns or administer refunds. If the purchase is for your first DNA Product, you may request a refund within 30 days of purchase as long as you have not yet received and registered your DNA Collection Kit. This refund will deduct shipping and handling fees and a $25 cancellation fee. You can request a refund by calling National Geographic Store Customer Service at 1-888-557-4450 and providing your order confirmation number. Once you have received and registered your DNA Collection Kit, your purchase can no longer be refunded.
    If the purchase is not for your first DNA Product, it is not subject to any refund. This policy is due to the informational nature of many DNA Products.
  • Replacement Policy For Helix Kits

    "You must return a saliva sample no more than 12 months after you place an order for your first DNA Product and DNA Collection Kit. Doing so will help to assure the quality and accuracy of your Genetic Information. Helix will not accept or process a DNA Collection Kit received more than 12 months after the order date. If you have a Helix Spit DNA Collection Kit (sales began November 21, 2016) that is more than 12 months past its order date, you may contact Helix Customer Care at support@helix.com to request a replacement kit for a $25 replacement fee. Please note that DNA kits sold before this date can not be exchanged.
    If Helix receives your DNA Collection Kit more than 12 months after the kit was ordered, they will give you the option to receive a replacement kit for a $25 replacement fee and shipping and handling fees. If your DNA Collection Kit is lost or damaged, please contact Helix Customer Care for help with replacing your kit. Depending on the circumstances, a fee may apply."
  • Already been sequenced by Helix?

    Good news: you don't need to provide another saliva sample. Buy Geno 2.0 Next Generation without a kit on Helix.com today. This will be a digital product only.
  • 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.
    Visit Helix.com to Learn More
    Have a question about ordering or squencing? Contact support@helix.com

An Unprecedented View
into Your Deep Ancestry

What you will get

The Genographic Project

How it works

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Geno 2.0 Key Features

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