I received an e-mail response from National Geographic (Nat Geo) about the availability of international Geno 2.0 Next kits. I am updating my earlier post: Geno 2.0 Next Unavailable for Non-U.S. Residents.
Unfortunately, our International Geno 2.0 Kits are sold out at this time. We do not yet have a restock date available for the International Geno 2.0 Kits. We would advise checking back with us within the upcoming weeks for possible updates.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
Nat Geo was using FamilyTree DNA (FTDNA) for their international kits; the e-mail response doesn’t indicate they are changing from FTDNA for international kits. They use Helix DNA kits for U.S. residents. While the response doesn’t indicate it is switching from FTDNA, it does mention “possible updates” which could mean any number of things. It will be interesting to see if Nat Geo stays with FTDNA for international kits, switches to Helix, or goes with a third company like LivingDNA/FindMyPastDNA.
Personally, I hope they stay with FTDNA for international kits. If you check out my Geno 2.0 vs. Geno 2.0 Next comparison: Nat Geo Geno 2.0, Geno 2.0 Next, and Insitome Regional Ancestry Results, I didn’t mention it, but my Geno 2.0 Next (Helix) raw data is fairly small (1.3 MB zipped) which is the same size as my Geno 2.0 (FTDNA) raw data. However, FTDNA accepted my Geno 2.0 transfer and provided me the full raw data (7.27 MB zipped file) without cost (I had already tested with FTDNA‘s FamilyFinder so I didn’t need it). If I wanted my Geno 2.0 Next full raw data from Helix, they will sell it to me for $499 (https://support.helix.com/s/article/How-do-I-purchase-raw-sequencing-data).