Helix DNA Test Offerings And Why You Shouldn’t Buy Most of Them

NOTE: Be sure to check what devices the test you want to order is available for. Many of the individual tests only work on iPhones or Apple devices. Some also work on Android or online, but check each one since they won’t refund your money if you make a mistake and don’t catch it fast enough. Also, check Helix, the individual company’s website, and Amazon because some tests are available on Amazon to see which offers the best price. Not all of the tests that are restricted to iPhones or Apple devices specifically mention being restricted to iPhone or Apple devices so double check before you order. E-mail Helix or the company and ask or post on their Twitter or Facebook pages. In some cases, they don’t have an Android app, but you can use a browser to access your results; however, this isn’t universally true for all tests offered through Helix. Trying to make sure the prices are accurate, but it’s a pain because some prices are $XX.00 and others are $XX.99 or close to it and that doesn’t include if the sale price varies between .00 and .99. When in doubt, go directly to the Helix website or Amazon if you see the product available on Amazon.  You should also check your device can handle the extra space and OS  (Operating System) needed for whatever apps you may have to add because some apps are resource hogs and others require a certain minimum OS to work. Let me know if there are link issues.

As mentioned in an earlier blog post, Helix (https://www.helix.com/) processes National Geographic’s Geno 2.0 Next kits for U.S. customers. In addition, it also offers a growing number of other DNA results. The biggest problem with Helix’s additional offerings is what I call nickel and dime-itis. A point made by a major DNA blogger in a Facebook post is although Helix processes your DNA kit, they don’t provide you all the relevant information unless you pay extra for it. I agree with this assessment. If they are testing your DNA, they should include all the results as part of the price and not nickel and dime you to death. If you were to purchase all of the tests I found on the Shop section of Helix, it would cost roughly $3,600 (counting 1 DNA kit at $80.00 and full price for every test). You could order a full DNA test for about $760 – $3,000, depending on which company you order from and how many reads you want to pay for. You need 30x reads as a minimum to be considered reliable for medical test results which tends to raise the price somewhat.

Disclaimer: I ordered Regional Ancestry and DNAPassport from Helix (total cost was a hair under $50 as both were on sale when I ordered them and the Helix DNA kit was free as part of one of the sales. Results are still pending with an expected completion date of late January 2018 or possibly early February. I don’t plan on ordering too many additional tests from Helix.

Tests currently offered by Helix (can found most of them at https://www.helix.com/shop/ – the below prices may or may not include $80.00 for the Helix DNA kit – check prices before ordering and if the person you are ordering the test has an existing Helix DNA kit, check the box indicating it):

Ancestry
Neanderthal Helix Link by Insitome Neanderthal link (also available on Amazon) $29.99 + $80.00 for Helix kit
Geno 2.0 Helix link by National Geographic Geno 2.0 Nat Geo link $199.95, sometimes on sale as low as $69.99 + $80.00 for Helix kit, but sometimes Helix kit as low as $30.00 instead of the usual $80.00.
Metabolism Helix link by Insitome (not seeing a link on Insitome’s website for tests other than Neanderthal, but is available on Amazon) $39.99 + $80.00 for Helix kit
Regional Ancestry Helix link by Insitome (not seeing it on Insitome’s website or Amazon; occasionally see an ad for it on social media) $19.99 + $80.00 for Helix kit
Sub-total approximately $290, not counting Helix DNA kit cost

Entertainment:
DNAPassport Helix link by HumanCode Direct Link (not seeing it on Amazon, but routinely see ads on social media for this test) $29.99 + $80.00 for Helix kit
Wine Explorer Helix link by Vinome (available on Amazon; company’s website appears geared towards listing wine options as I didn’t see Wine Explorer as an option even though the site references the test, but they do offer a discount coupon for signing up with an e-mail address) $29.99 + $80.00 for Helix kit
StartLine Helix link by DNAFit General Link $49.99 + $80.00 for Helix kit
SlumberType Helix link by Exploragen direct link (also available on Amazon) $24.99 + $80.00 for Helix kit
Personalized Scarf Helix link by Dot One general link (Dot One also accepts 23andMe kits for its products and it looks like you can choose the four colors for A C G T pattern) $149.99 + $80.00 for Helix kit (Note: this is an actual scarf based on your DNA results)
Personalized Print Helix link by Dot One general link (looks like only this Dot One item is available on Amazon) $69.99 + $80.00 for Helix kit (Note: artwork based on your DNA results)
Personalized Socks Helix link by Dot One general link $49.99 + $80.00 for Helix kit (Note: socks with design based on your DNA results)
ACGTartan Helix link by Dot One general link $199.99 + $80.00 for Helix kit (Note: knitted tartan design based on your DNA results)
ACGTee Helix link by Dot One general link $84.99 + $80.00 for Helix kit (Note: tee shirt design based on your DNA results)
BabyGlimpse Helix link by HumanCode Direct Link (available on Amazon) $99.98 + $160.00 for two DNA kits)
Sub-total $790 (not counting Helix DNA kit cost)

Family
CarrierCheck Helix by Sema4 direct Product page link $199.00 + $80.00 for Helix kit
Breast Milk DHA+ Helix link by EverlyWell Product page link (there are a number of other tests available on EverlyWell’s product page that aren’t listed on Helix) $89.00 + $80.00 for Helix kit
Sub-total $290 not counting DNA Kit cost

Fitness
EnduranceDNA Helix link by Carmichael Training Systems (found their website, but didn’t see information on this test on  their website) $99.99 + $80.00 for Helix kit
FitnessBuddy: All-Access Premium Helix link by Azumio direct link (direct link is for Fitness Buddy app which is part of the Premium package along with Calorie Mama) $99.99 + $80.00 for Helix kit
Fitness Diet Pro Helix link by DNAFit General Link $219.99 + $80.00 for Helix kit
Fat Burner Helix link by DNAFit General link $119.99 + $80.00 for Helix kit
Muscle Builder Helix link by DNAFit General link $119.99 + $80.00 for Helix kit
MyTraits Sport Helix link by Intelliseq general link $9.99 + $80.00 for Helix kit
Argus: All-Access Premium Helix link by Azumio direct link $99.99 + $80.00 for Helix kit
Sub-total $750 not counting DNA kit cost

Health
Inherited Diabetes Test Helix link by Admera Health product page link $149.99 + $80.00 for Helix kit
Inherited Cholesterol Test Helix link by Admera Health product page link $124.99 + $80.00 for Helix kit
Sub-total $275 not counting DNA kit cost

Nutrition
Calorie Mama: All-Access Premium Helix link by Azumio direct link $99.99 + $80.00 for Helix kit
MealPlanner Helix link by DNAFit general link (12 weeks of access) $119.99 + $80.00 for Helix kit
embodyDNA Helix link by Lose It! general link $109.99 + $80.00 for Helix kit
Metabolism+ Helix link by EverlyWell product page link $149.99 + $80.00 for Helix kit
Food Sensitivity+ Helix link by EverlyWell product page link $249.99 + $80.00 for Helix kit
Heart Optimizer: Genetics and Nutrition Coaching Helix link by Arivale general product link (check bottom of Arivale’s link for more information) $19.00 + $80.00 for Helix kit
Beat Your Genes: Nutrition and Diet Coaching Helix link by Arivale general link $19.00 + $80.00 for Helix kit
Diet GENius Helix link by Re:Point (found what should be the app on the Apple store) $89.99 + $80.00 for Helix kit
GoalGetter Helix link by InsideTracker general page (numerous options on the product page) $260.00 + $80.00 for Helix kit
Sub-total $1,120 not counting DNA kit cost
Total roughly $3,515 not counting DNA Helix kit

 

 

About ICT Genealogist

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