Helix is a startup company (funded in part by the DNA testing juggernaut, Illumina) that is offering a marketplace approach to DNA testing.
This means you pay for the initial Exome sequencing through Helix, then you pay for apps from companies that develop applications, much like the app stores.
I will be reporting on my Neanderthal and Metabolism results soon, but Helix has launched a 2 day sale (ending November 9th) that is the best Exome pricing I’ve ever seen anyplace – and If you are interested, I don’t want you to miss the opportunity.
However, and this is a big however, you do NOT receive your raw data results, so you can’t download and use those results for genealogy or health outside of applications available for purchase through Helix affiliates.
If you are interested in testing for other types of information offered through Helix affiliate company applications, you may be interested in this sale.
Here’s how the Helix marketplace works:
You purchase an application and bundled into that price is both the Helix exome sequencing and the app itself.
On the Helix site, click on the various icons under the “shop” tab to see the regular and sale pricing.
At this point, the only three tests that I have confidence in are the Neanderthal and Metabolism apps by Insitome (a startup by Spencer Wells, former Director of the Genographic Project and Scientist in Residence), the Genographic Project app, and potentially the Health category apps, although I have not personally evaluated the Health apps.
In other cases, I’m downright skeptical of the value of some of these apps, but I’ll let you be the judge.
App categories, other than the ones I mentioned above, include:
Here’s are the sale prices for:
- Insitome’s Metabolism including Helix processing at $19.99
- Insitome’s Neanderthal including Helix processing for $9.99
- Genographic including Helix processing for $99.95
While I am a National Geographic Genographic affiliate researcher, there is no financial remuneration involved, nor is this a paid affiliate link. This means I have no financial interest whatsoever, in any way, in these products and services – nor do I receive any commission if you purchase any of these products.