Nat Geo Geno 2.0, Geno 2.0 Next, and Insitome Regional Ancestry Results

If you aren’t familiar with National Geographic’s Geno 2.0 Next (DNA test  performed by Helix for U.S. customers and FamilyTree DNA/FTDNA for non-U.S. customers; for U.S. customers, check both links to see which has the cheaper price; as of January 31, 2018, National Geographic was offering kits on sale for $69.99 if you buy two or more at the same time compared to Helix’s price which is $69.99 + $30.00 extra if you need to order a Helix kit and that’s per individual who needs a kit) or Insitome’s Regional Ancestry tests ($19.99 + $80.00 for the Helix kit if the individual hasn’t tested with Helix previously), the above links give a brief overview of each test. Here’s a comparison done by Insitome: (has a video in the link). I hadn’t done the Geno 2.0 Next test when this blog post was originally posted (UPDATE July 2018 – Geno 2.0 Next test results – see below), but have done the older Geno 2.0 test that was ran by FTDNA. I recently had Helix run my DNA for Insitome’s Regional Ancestry.

Geno 2.0 (FTDNA):

Geno 20 Update

Northern European 42% (blue circle)
Mediterranean 38% (yellowish circle)
Southwest Asian 16% (red circle)

First Reference Population: German
Second Reference Population: Tuscan (Italy)

mtDNA haplogroup C1b (mtDNA and Y-DNA haplogroups not provided by Insitome Regional Ancestry)
Your maternal haplogroup is shared by 0.2% of all participants in the project
Y-DNA haplogroup J1-YSC0000234
Your paternal haplogroup is shared by 0.3% of all participants in the project

Neanderthal 2.5% (requires a separate test at Insitome for $29.99 + $80.00 if you need a Helix kit)
Denisovan 3.7%

Here’s my Insitome Regional Ancestry results:


Europe 100%
Western European 60%
East European 23%
Basque 16%
Finnish 1%
Ashkenazi 0%
North Mediterranean 0%
Sardinian 0%

UPDATE July 2018: My results from Geno 2.0 Next (Helix):

Here’s a comparison post on the differences between Geno 2.0 (FamilyTree DNA aka FTDNA) and Geno 2.0 Next (Helix):

Geno 2.0 Next Results (received mid-July 2018):

Geno 20 Next Ethnic

Ethnicity Results Comparison*:
Geno 2.0 Next (Helix):
Northwestern European 56%
Northeastern European 15%
Southwestern European 8%
West Mediterranean 7%
Eastern European 7%
Italy and Southern Europe 6%

*Worth noting 2.0 Next added some ethnicity areas that weren’t listed in 2.0 results although Nat Geo was of the opinion changes should have been made to 2.0 results as improvements and changes were made.

Neanderthal/Denisovan Results Comparison:
Geno 2.0 Next (Helix)
Neanderthal 1.5%

Geno 2.0 Next (Helix) vs. Geno 2.0 (FTDNA)
Haplogroup Results (the same with both companies and kits):
mtDNA C1b
Y-DNA J-YSC0000234 (specifically J1)


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