Genographic 2.0 Kits:Geno 2.0 Next Generation Genographic Helix DNA Ancestry Kit, U.S. Delivery

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Geno 2.0 Next Generation Genographic Helix DNA Ancestry Kit, U.S. Delivery

Discover the migration of your ancestors with Geno 2.0, the National Geographic DNA testing kit. Learn about your ancestry with our best-selling Ancestry Kit.

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DNA discovery powered by National Geographic and Helix.

National Geographic has been charting the unknown for over a century. And, we’re exploring the next great frontier—your DNA story—through a new partnership. After you place your order for Geno 2.0, you’ll receive a DNA collection kit from Helix and you will have to create an online account with National Geographic and Helix. Once you’ve been sequenced, you can access your DNA insights through Helix and National Geographic for years to come. Helix is more than DNA sequencing—it’s your destination for DNA discovery.

Our revolutionary Geno 2.0 Next Generation test with Helix has been enhanced to offer the most up to date ancestry available and now has the following features improved over the original Geno 2.0:

  • • Improved ancestral results using Next Generation Sequencing

  • • More accurate regional ancestry—based on more than double the number of regions and 60 reference populations

  • • Improved maternal and paternal haplogroup calls, and 20 new ancestral stories

  • • NEW: Historical Genius Matches

  • • Access to join Helix's ecosystem of DNA apps

  • • We tell your migration story of 500 years and past (not 500 years to present).

Geno 2.0 Next Gen with Helix now includes Historical Genius Matches through the analysis of your mitochondrial or Y-chromosome DNA. We will be using DNA haplogroups to tell you which famous 'geniuses' you could be related to. We are defining genius as masters of skill and or industry and intelligence. This is now part of the kit for all Helix users and not an extra purchase!

Introducing the next generation of our Genographic Project Participation Kit. This new DNA test—brought to you by National Geographic in cooperation with Helix—uses cutting-edge technology to give you the richest ancestry information available. We tell the story of 500 years and past. National Geographic designed Geno Next Gen based on the new technologies and insights that emerged since the launch of the Genographic Project more than ten years ago.

Join the more 800,000 people who have already taken part in National Geographic's groundbreaking Genographic Project—contribute to this real-time scientific effort and learn more about yourself than you ever thought possible.

By participating, you will:

  • • Discover the migration paths your ancient ancestors followed hundreds—even thousands—of years ago, with an unprecedented view of your ancestral journey

  • • Learn what percentage of your genome is affiliated with specific regions of the world

  • • Find out if you have Neanderthal ancestry

How is this test different from others I see advertised?

  • • Your purchase supports National Geographic Society’s nonprofit work in conservation, exploration, research, and education. The Society receives funds from National Geographic Partners, LLC, funded in part by your purchase. To learn more, visit

  • • The Genographic Project results are based on discoveries made since the launch of the project, and the results continue to grow as more people join Genographic, and as our scientists make new discoveries

  • • Our regional ancestry results compare your unique DNA pattern to that of 60 reference populations across the world

  • • Working in 140 countries and with more than 80,000 indigenous participants, Genographic Project scientists created the most diverse results database and genetic resource of any in the world

What's included in the Geno 2.0 Next Generation Helix Genographic DNA Ancestry Test kit

The Geno 2.0 Next Generation kit contains everything you need to begin the journey into your past, including a saliva collection kit and instructions for submitting your DNA samples. You must have Internet access to view the results—results will not be mailed. Results are available online 6-12 weeks after our lab receives your DNA samples. Each kit contains supplies for testing one person.

You must send your kit back within 12 months of purchase. Helix will conduct the DNA analysis and will maintain your results. Please note, because women do not carry a Y chromosome, this test will not reveal direct paternal deep ancestry for female participants. Women will learn other information about their paternal side of the family, such as regional percentages, Mitochondrial and Neanderthal percentages.

How your participation helps the Genographic Project:

The Genographic Project is an ambitious attempt to help answer fundamental questions about where humankind originated and how we came to populate the Earth. Using the latest genetic and computational technologies to analyze historical patterns in DNA from participants around the world we seek to reveal our migratory history and to better understand the connections and differences that make up humankind.

As a Genographic Project participant, you will have the opportunity to contribute your data to our Genographic database, helping our scientists and researchers who are working to chart a comprehensive map of the early stages of human history. Participation in the Genographic Project database is your choice and is not necessary to access your individual results.

Please read the complete terms and conditions of purchase. If you are an educator, looking to purchase kits for your classroom, or home schooling, please contact 713-868-1807.

Who is Helix:

Learn what your DNA says about you. It all starts with Helix. Helix empowers everyone to explore what makes them unique—their DNA. The Helix world-class laboratory uses the most advanced technology to read your DNA, all from one saliva sample (amazing, right?). We assemble, store, and protect your genetic information so you can learn about your deep ancestry through Geno 2.0 Next Generation. Learn more about Helix.


Once you have completed the US saliva collection process, you will secure the tube inside the transport bag and mail the tubes and form off to the lab using the supplied US pre-paid postage yellow box. It can take the lab several weeks to process and analyze your DNA. In the meantime, you can visit the Genographic web site to see where your sample is in the analysis process.

You must read and accept the terms and conditions to participate in the Genographic Project. By selecting "I Accept" and clicking the "Add to Cart" button, you have indicated your acceptance of the terms and conditions to participate.

Delivery Information

Please note: A maximum of 5 US kits can be bought at a time.

Geno 2.0 has $9.95 Shipping & Handling (S&H) per kit for delivery within the United States. Customers shipping Geno 2.0 kits to Canada will be charged $10 for S&H plus $9.95 per kit. Customers shipping to other countries aside from the United States and Canada will be charged $20 for S&H plus $9.95 per kit. Additional fees apply for expedited shipping.

The Geno Next Generation Helix Kit is not available outside the 50 United States or District of Columbia. If you wish to purchase a kit and ship it outside of the U.S., please select either ‘Canada’ or ‘All other Countries’ above.

Return Information

Refund Policy

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 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 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.


Very Disappointed


If you are like me, you choose Geno 2.0 because it is affiliated with National Geographic. It didn't hurt that it advertised it tested 300,000 markers for only $150. I was extremely interested in seeing the detailed results, the raw data. But all you receive is a very weak haplogroup migration path with the last 2 branches stating "research on this branch is continuing", even though there is plenty to be found on the internet. This leads me to the conclusion that the results group is either ignorant or not interested in keeping the results updated. The very worst part is when I requested the raw data through two different avenues, they both said "Unfortunately we are unable to assist with Geno 2.0 Next Generation …results" with some vague promise that it might be available in the future. If all you are interested in is learning your haplogroup, then this is a reasonable priced and better than Ancestry or 23 and me. But if you are interested in obtaining more detailed DNA information such as SNPs then you will need to use Family Tree DNA.


San Diego, CA

save your money


59% English? that is an insult to my irish roots. my family goes back to the mists of time in eire. I was just there visiting relatives. my maternal side are german , kit says dutch. this is a waste of money. I know more of my roots than this report. my twin brother did a different DNA test, it said Danish(Viking) more believable with my irish roots.



Poor maps, vague information, website not updated for Helix


Good luck finding out more about the different possible ancestral regions. Their website has also not been updated for the Helix branded test, so any info you do find elsewhere on the site will not be relevant to you. The map is also formatted horribly! When you zoom in on the map, the shaded circles stay the same size as the map gets bigger. Also, when you click on each shaded circle, it shows a much larger area that the ancestral regions actually covers. For example: the Northwestern Europe shaded circle appears to cover only Scotland on the map. Click on the shaded circle and you will see (on a small pop-up picture that you have to squint to examine) that this region actually includes the entire UK, Ireland, Scandinavia, France, Germany, and Iceland!




Wonderful Test (if you've done your research)


For starters, I loved my test. I knew going in to this that women get half the results, because we don't have Y Chromosomes. I also knew that this test wasn't like the others advertised elsewhere, and I chose National Geographic's for that reason. I didn't need to learn if I was 45.234% Irish or whatever (because I find that in-authentic to the fact that people from one country are not automatically all the same genetically because they live in the same country), I wanted to learn what regions I came from, my hominid ancestry, and the migration patterns of early humans most related to me. I found out lots of informative and specific data, such as my hominid makeup (I'm basically a cavegirl), and not all of it was what I expected (even though my family keeps a lot of records. There's a difference between ancestry as we know it, like family trees, and the ancestry of every man or woman who has lead up to you. National Geographic tests for mankind. I found it fascinating, but I'm also extra interested in DNA.


Hillsboro, OR


Interesting but better choices out there


I liked this idea because you're supporting research. But it is misleading in that the current Geno 2.0 Helix IS NOT Geno 2.0 and therefore you do not have access to raw DNA, nor is this kit compatible with Family Tree DNA as is suggested on their website. NONE of these kits are processed at Family Tree. Information provided is extremely limited and I want more in depth results which can only be obtained with raw data and transferred to other sites. Misleading advertising, no RAW DNA, can't load to FTDNA, and there is SO much information that should be available but isn't. I really, really wanted to love this product and the results but I just can't. Maybe if results were more detailed (provide the option to see more in depth info) and if RAW data was accessible I would like it more.




Women Beware!


Why don't they tell you upfront that if you are female you will only get your mother's side of your ancestry, but if you are male, you will get both? Why do they charge the same for males and females? It should be half price for women! I now have to ask a close male relative to take this and pay full price in order to get my whole history.

Angry Female

Los Angeles CA


A Fun Look Into Your Ancestry


Great look into autosomal and direct male/female line ancestry. Ethnicity estimate from thousands of years ago, not hundreds. For example, I am pretty much fully NW European on paper, but I get 30 something % Eastern European, 22% Southern European, and 3% Asia Minor.




Beyond disappointing


Two kits purchased as gifts for our remaining paternal and maternal males. For starters we wished this could be an easier test, like a cheek swab. This is a LOT of spit for an elderly man to come up with. Uncle's test failed; we are waiting for a replacement. Dad's test OK for maternal regional and deep ancestry. In particular regarding haplogroup the results flow and make sense. Paternal haplogroup info was very confusing. The haplogroup given did not show up anyplace else, and the line itself did not match anything else in the report. We have attempted contact three times and have been given a giant brush-off by CSRs who know nothing about the Genomic Project but would not connect us to someone who could actually help. Are we supposed to trust this data when one CSR kept saying "halo-group" and twice we were told our questions were Helix's responsibility? (BTW Helix sent us straight back to National Geographic - said they do ONLY the sequencing, not the interpretation). Additionally, although there is a Print option it does not provide the complete report and what does print is an amateurish mess, with no sensible page-breaks and disastrous graphics. We were not expecting a fancy print job from National Geographic; but for this price we should be able to at least print a keepsake quality report ourselves! Lastly we keep getting the runaround on raw data. Told again today they are "working on it". We went with National Geographic for the scientific contribution. Wish we had gone with ANY other genealogy / DNA analysis option!




A total disappointment and a waste of money.


The most specific information I received consisted of a world map of Europe with a huge blurry circle on it over Eastern Europe. I already knew much more than that. I was hoping to learn where my ancestors came from. Instead, I learned very general information about humans and neanderthal migrationthat I could find in many books and magazine, but virtually nothing personally insightful. This was such a disappointment!


Redmond, WA




This is a HORRIBLE waste of money. Unless you were adopted and know NOTHING about your past, you wont learn anything new. I cannot express how disappointed I was to read the "results". They could have been about anyone who's parents came to America from Europe. I just read another woman's comments about how bad this is and she is NOT KIDDING!!!! Not to mention it took 4 months to get the results. Don't get ripped off..... I may sue them in Small Claims. I am not happy.

Sheldons Dad

Santa Rosa, Ca


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