Engineering bioinformatics in seconds, not hours – Color

March 12, 2019

It was winter 2014. Pharrell had just dropped Happy, the Rosetta probe landed on a comet, President Obama was opening diplomatic relations with Cuba… …and here at Color, the bioinformatics team had a problem. Our pipeline — the data processing system that crunches raw DNA data from our lab into the variants we report... Read More

February 8, 2019

A couple months ago, we launched a public research database with DNA, health history, and more from 50,000 of our clients. You might be surprised at how little work it took us: under four person-months total. Read on to hear how we... Read More

January 31, 2019

I want to say one word to you. Just one word. Are you listening? …... Read More

June 6, 2018

(with apologies to Jeremy Narby) Ouroborus, the mythical snake that eats its own tail Like any good software engineering team, we’re always updating our dependencies to make sure we’re running the most secure, bug-free... Read More

Fixing things up in Color Engineering – Color

September 1, 2017

Many startups are familiar with the idea of Hack Days and Hack Weeks. We’ve had a few successful ones over the years at Color. Fixit Weeks are less common, but just as important! Even the best engineering teams gradually accumulate tech debt over time that needs to be... Read More

Channeling The Hacker Way – Color

November 30, 2016

We have big dreams and ambitious plans. We want to push the state of the art in health and genetics, and we need broad, crazy moonshot product ideas to get us there. How do we find those ideas? We’ve always been inspired by 20% time at Google and 3M as well as hack weeks... Read More