Top positive review
The gift that keeps on giving
July 15, 2018
This product gives me: (1) a summary of my genealogical profile, including my regional/ethnic ancestry and some fun things like genius matches; (2) access to additional genetic insights via the Helix mobile app; and (3) option to buy new products that use my DNA information stored in the Helix database.
The genealogy information is not quite as detailed as 23andMe, but has the potential to improve as more individuals are sequenced. At the heart of it, this product uses deep sequencing to get a much richer picture of my genome than genotyping products like 23andMe and AncestryDNA.
Why is this last part so great? I can buy new add-on products from Helix to tell me about my food sensitivities, etc. I can even download all of this sequencing data for my personal use for a fee (it’s expensive but still cheaper than exome sequencing services). I also hope that Helix will add a web API and analysis tools so that I can explore my exome directly without having to download it. This would be great for all the DIY biohackers!