Review: Geno 2.0 DNA Ancestry Kit, Hey Dad, You Are A Neanderthal!

by nessel on May 27, 2014

Geno 2.0

Father’s Day is fast approaching, which means kids and spouses everywhere are now saying “What?  There’s a Father’s Day?  I thought we just celebrated Mother’s Day.”  Seriously, while folks do know about Father’s Day, what they often don’t know is what to get dear old Dad for Father’s Day.

You could get Dad a card telling him that you love him.  Or…you could get him a Geno 2.0 DNA Ancestry Kit with a report telling Dad he is 5.9% Neanderthal Man!  Truthfully, what could be more cool and personalized than an Ancestry Report that shows Dads heritage by comparing his DNA to over 150,000 DNA Markers?

Don’t worry, it will all start to make more sense when you watch our video review of the National Geographic Geno 2.0 DNA Ancestry Kit -

Find Out Where You Are Really From This Father’s Day

As far as potential gifts go, the Geno 2.0 Kit ($199) is pretty awesome.  As we show in the video, with a simple cheek swab, the folks at the Genographic Project are able to compare your DNA with a database of over 150,000 DNA identifiers (or markers) to provide rich ancestry-relevant information.

Here is more information on how it all works -

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Spencer Wells and team designed Geno 2.0 based on the new technologies and insights that emerged since the launch of the Genographic Project in 2005. Using an exclusive, custom-built genotyping chip, we test nearly 150,000 DNA markers that have been specifically selected to provide unprecedented ancestry-related information.

•  Discover the migration paths your ancient ancestors followed hundreds—even thousands—of years ago, with an unprecedented view of your ancestral journey.

•  Learn what percentage of your genome is affiliated with specific regions of the world.

•  Find out if you have Neanderthal or Denisovan ancestry.

•  Have the opportunity to share your story and connect with other Genographic Project participants, helping us fill in the gaps in the human story.

Wait, Isn’t $199 A Lot of Money For a DNA Kit?

No, actually it is not.  The science involved in this testing is pretty sophisticated and there is no cheaper way to do the necessary lab work.  In fact, the whole Genographic Project is a Nonprofit, so they are not making any money on the $199 price.  In addition, your payment also helps support the mission of the Genographic Project to fund cultural conservation and revitalization efforts for indigenous communities around the world.

Forget Ties, Dad Wants To Know if He Is Tied To The Neanderthal Man

Dad has plenty of ties, so get him something unique this Father’s Day – like his own personal ancestry story.  We have just send our test kit in and will report back when we have the results.  I think the kids will be shocked if it turns out I am less than 95% Neanderthal!

More Information:

Learn More About the Geno 2.0 DNA Ancestry Kit from National Geographic and the Genographic Project.

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  • Mary

    Unusual gift. Would be great to share info with siblings

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