Genetics 101: Understanding the basics of genetics

January 7, 2020

By now, you’ve probably heard of genetic testing, even if it wasn’t something you learned about in school. With so many options now available, it’s important to understand the basic components of what is being tested and how to make sense of the results you receive. With the start of the new year, we... Read More

October 17, 2019

Today, we are excited to announce our new Genetic Score Study, a research effort that makes genome-wide polygenic scores available to Color participants for the first time. These scores are a new kind of genetic analysis that integrate... Read More

June 20, 2019

At Color we are using data-driven healthcare to make it easier for institutions to efficiently and effectively serve large populations. Our work with one of Philadelphia’s largest employers, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson... Read More

April 9, 2019

For the first time, the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting took place in Seattle, Washington, from April 2–6 as thousands of medical and clinical geneticists, genetic counselors, and... Read More

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... Read More

Highlights from Color’s annual Genetic Counseling Onsite

December 18, 2018

Color has always placed a high value on genetic counselors (GCs) and the services they provide, as evident by the fact that every Color test includes genetic counseling sessions and support. Here at Color, we are fortunate to have an extremely experienced and well-rounded team... Read More

Personalizing care with genetics: Dr. Etkin-Kramer and Dana’s Story

December 7, 2018

Dr. Etkin-Kramer (left) and Dana Greenwald (right) The doctor-patient relationship is often thought of as a thing of the past. Most of us live very busy lives and spending time discussing our health with our physician is not always our top priority, especially when we’re not... Read More

Happy birthday to the Human Genome Project

October 1, 2018

On October 1st, 1990, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Department of Energy announced the launch of the Human Genome Project, an attempt to map all 3 billion base pairs in the human genome first scheduled to be completed by 2005. Eleven years and $2.7 billion later,... Read More

The future of genetic counseling is in technology

July 31, 2018

As demand for genetic testing skyrockets, one of the hardest challenges we face is growing and innovating to make sure genetic counseling remains available for those who need it. Genetic counseling, the process of helping people understanding genetic testing and make the... Read More

Filling in the gaps: using genetics to learn about your health history

June 6, 2018

As someone who is adopted, Marissa has always been curious about her genetic background. So when she learned that her employer was offering Color’s Hereditary Cancer Test as a complimentary benefit to employees, she saw it as a chance to gain knowledge that could help her make... Read More

Helping Axia Women’s Health empower their patients and families

May 15, 2018

Eileen Carpenter, CRNP and Office Manager at Mainline OB/GYN, shares her experience launching Color at an Axia Women’s Health Care Center. Also pictured are Dr. Stephen Krell, Executive Chairman & CEO of Axia’s Clinical Group and Patrick Miller, Manager of Strategic... Read More

The case for population screening for BRCA, Lynch syndrome, and familial hypercholesterolemia

May 3, 2018

In 1994, Dr. Mary-Claire King discovered the BRCA1 gene. In the 24 years since that landmark discovery, the field of clinical genetics has grown by leaps and bounds. We now have a much clearer understanding of many inherited conditions, from the genes that are implicated in each... Read More

How Can a Genetic Counselor Help You? – Color

April 25, 2018

April 25, 2018 marks the 15th Annual DNA Day, which celebrates the successful completion of the Human Genome Project back in 2003. One year later, I graduated with my degree in Genetic Counseling and began working as a genetic counselor specializing in hereditary cancer risk. I... Read More

The New York Times highlights Color as a leader in employee genetic screening

April 16, 2018

Employees at NVIDIA’s Santa Clara, CA headquarters attended Color’s onsite educational seminar in 2017 to learn more about their new health benefit offered by Color. Yesterday The New York Times published an article, “Employees Jump at Genetic Testing. Is That a Good... Read More

Color supports ACOG position to increase access to genetic testing

February 13, 2018

At Color, we want to help you live the healthiest life that science and medicine can offer. We’re starting towards this goal by making genetic testing for common hereditary conditions, cancer and high cholesterol, more accessible by lowering the price and simplifying the... Read More

Helping providers use genetics to help patient families

November 14, 2017

One of the most beneficial aspects of clinical-grade genetic testing is its actionability. Testing results can help enable providers and patients to develop individualized screening and risk management plans to manage patient health. But it’s easy to forget how this... Read More

Honoring our Genetic Counselors on GC Awareness Day

November 9, 2017

Happy Genetic Counselor Awareness Day! Today is the first such day ever, introduced by the National Society of Genetic Counselors to help raise awareness of our profession and greater understanding of our roles. Genetic counselors are professionals who have specialized education... Read More

Introducing Color To More Than 100 Countries – Color

October 17, 2017

Today, we are thrilled to announce that Color is now available to individuals and healthcare providers in more than 100 countries. The Color Test is a physician-ordered genetic test for breast and ovarian cancer risk. Since Color launched in 2015, we have received emails and... Read More

Introducing Color’s Provider Platform: Bringing Efficiency and Simplicity to Genetic Testing

October 17, 2017

Color’s mission is to democratize access to genetic testing in a responsible way. A major part of responsible access is ensuring that healthcare providers can easily order Color for their patients, and then understand and engage with their patients’ Color Test results.... Read More

BRCA1, BRCA2 and Other Cancer Risk Genes: Five Facts About Why They Also Matter for Men

October 17, 2017

Throughout the month of October, genetic counselors at Color held educational sessions about genetic testing for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer risk. Men in the audience commonly asked, “How is this genetic test relevant to me?” Many men thought that the genes that... Read More