Color Data: Expanding the capabilities of our open-access database

February 19, 2020

Today, we are excited to announce a newly expanded Color Data, an open-access database with a cohort of 54,000 individuals and over 5.5 million variants. Originally released over a year ago, Color Data is a publicly available database with genotypic and phenotypic information from individuals who have taken the Color test. A database largely... Read More

October 10, 2019

Today we are announcing a new partnership with Verily to return actionable genetic information to all Project Baseline Health Study participants. The partnership demonstrates a commitment by Verily and Color to further research while also... Read More

October 26, 2018

This year a record number of people (7,005!) descended upon San Diego for the annual American Society of Human Genetics conference. Color, too, sent our largest-ever delegation to ASHG to nerd out on genetics, present our research, meet up... Read More

October 18, 2018

This week, at the 2018 American Society of Human Genetics Meeting in San Diego, we’re excited to present a scalable, affordable solution that can help accelerate the development of novel polygenic risk scores for non-Caucasian... Read More

Engineered for Extreme Efficiency – Color

June 6, 2018

How creative thinking and Next Generation Sequencing delivers state-of-the-art genetic tests at the lowest achievable cost Inside the lab at Color Genomics, we’ve put together a mix of technologies and tactics that help us achieve two huge goals — performing the... Read More

A search engine for the human genome Part I: the genome in software

June 6, 2018

Elasticsearch is an open-source, scalable search engine built on top of the Lucene core. First released eight years ago, it has since become among the most popular choices for search infrastructure, with hundreds of companies having deployed it in consumer internet applications.... Read More

A search engine for the human genome Part II: the case for search

June 6, 2018

In part 1 of this post, we discussed how genomes are represented in software, why comparing them is useful in a clinical lab setting, and some of the constraints around implementing Identity-by-State (IBS). For those who are new to genomics, it’s worth a quick read. To recap,... Read More

Building a high-quality, reliable, and efficient bioinformatics pipeline

June 6, 2018

At Color we provide high-quality, physician-ordered, genetic testing at a low cost. A core component of this service is the bioinformatics pipeline: the software framework that processes data from the DNA sequencers in the clinical lab, finds genomic variants, annotates them for... Read More

Full Transcript: Dinesh Moorjani, Managing Director of Comcast Ventures, on Sequenced

May 24, 2018

Dinesh Moorjani, Managing Director of Comcast Ventures Dinesh Moorjani, Managing Director of Comcast Ventures, talks to us about investing in technology companies, building internet and software companies, and lessons learned along the way. Prior to Comcast Ventures, Dinesh... Read More

From the Human Genome to the Genome for Humanity – Color

May 6, 2018

Fifteen years ago, the Human Genome Project announced the completion of the first human genome. This was a moon landing scale endeavor that took billions of dollars in combined public and private investment — to sequence one single human genome. Since then, scientists have... Read More

Full Transcript: Dr Ranjit Manchanda, Clinical Senior Lecturer at Barts Cancer Institute, interviewed by Erin Brodwin of Business Insider

April 25, 2018

Dr. Ranjit Manchandra (left) and Erin Brodwin (right) On this episode of Sequenced, Dr. Ranjit Manchanda, Clinical Senior Lecturer at Barts Cancer Institute in London, sits down with Business Insider’s Erin Brodwin to discuss population-based genetic testing for cancer... Read More

From tomatoes to T cells: the year in health tech amazement, genetic and otherwise

December 21, 2017

It’s been quite a year in the world of health tech. As we count down toward New Year’s and try to imagine 2018, here’s a quick look at the innovation this past year at the intersection of technology and healthcare. 2017 saw the first video game found to help kids with... Read More

Engineering a Modern Genetics Company – Color

October 17, 2017

Color’s mission is to democratize access to genetic testing. In order to achieve this, running a cost efficient and scalable service is crucial. From day one, Color was built as a software-driven company, with engineers working side-by-side with all functional teams to ensure... Read More

Full Transcript: Chrissy Farr Interviews Vinod Khosla on Sequenced

September 25, 2017

On this episode of Sequenced, Vinod Khosla, renowned Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor, sits down with CNBC’s Chrissy Farr to discuss how technology will reinvent healthcare as we know it. Ready to dive deeper into the topic? You can find Vinod’s full white-paper,... Read More

Full Transcript: Hemant Taneja, Managing Director at General Catalyst, on Sequenced

September 25, 2017

On this episode of Sequenced, Hemant Taneja, Managing Director at General Catalyst, discusses the changing nature of startups, how they are being built, and how it applies to the healthcare sector. We’ve posted complete transcript of the podcast below. You can subscribe to... Read More

Full Transcript: Aneesh Chopra, the United States’ first Chief Technology Officer, on Sequenced

September 25, 2017

On this episode of Sequenced, Aneesh Chopra, the United States’ first Chief Technology Officer under President Barack Obama, sat down with Color’s CEO and co-founder Othman Laraki to discuss the intersection between data and healthcare. We’ve posted complete transcript of... Read More

Full Transcript: Laszlo Bock, Former SVP of People Operations at Google, on Sequenced

September 25, 2017

On the first episode of Sequenced, Laszlo Bock, former SVP of Google’s People Operations who helped transform Google’s workforce and culture, discusses how health and wellbeing benefits can make for a happier, longer-lasting workforce. We’ve posted complete transcript of... Read More

Announcing Color’s Hereditary High Cholesterol Test

August 10, 2017

Are you familiar with Familial Hypercholesterolemia? Neither are most people, and that’s a big problem. Today, here at Color, we’re happy to be taking a big step toward addressing that. As medical costs soar, the healthcare world is undergoing a transformation from reactive... Read More

A big step forward in helping people understand their genes

May 22, 2017

At Color our goal is to make clinical-grade genetic testing available for everyone. Today we’re excited to announce a big step toward that goal: starting June 15th, Color will begin accepting insurance for patients who meet their health plans’ coverage requirements. The... Read More

Color and UCSF joint study identifies genetic mutations previously undetected by earlier forms of testing

April 4, 2017

We are honored today to announce the publication of a collaborative study by University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and Color in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. Color teamed up with clinicians and scientists from the UCSF Cancer Genetics and Prevention... Read More