Helix is the first personal genomics marketplace. Helix is unique in several ways. We have built one of the largest clinical-grade DNA sequencing labs in the world. If you think of all of your DNA as a book, one method of reading your DNA, called genotyping (sometimes known as microarrays or arrays), looks at a couple letters on a page. Helix, however, does what is called next-generation sequencing (NGS).We use NGS to read and store each person’s Exome+ (all of the coding genes plus hundreds of thousands of other regions of interest). Sequencing, on the other hand, is more like reading the entire book. We make this technology impressively affordable. We work with reputable partners who create the products, experiences, interpretations, and services that they are expert in providing through the Helix marketplace. To learn more, check out our blog post on DNA technologies.
Our technology and platform can support the development of a variety of products from ancestry applications to comprehensive health tests. Helix partners with experts ranging from health systems to fitness coaches and dietitians to bring these products to the Helix Store, allowing consumers to purchase the products that are best for them, when they want them. We only pass along to our partners the parts of your DNA that they need to offer you the products you purchase. Helix securely stores all of your genetic information the first time you purchase a product. That means each time you choose to purchase additional insights, your information is already available, so there’s no need to send in another sample and wait for more processing. Read more about how Helix works here.