Introducing Robin Cole

September 4, 2018

Robin Cole is an NFL legend. As a Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker from 1977–1987, he was part of the famous Steel Curtain defense that helped the team win four Super Bowls in six seasons. Robin himself is a two-time Super Bowl champion (XIII and XIV). He’s also a prostate... Read More

“I just tested positive. Does my partner need testing?”

August 27, 2018

If you receive a positive genetic test result for a hereditary cancer gene, one of the most important things that you can do is share this information with close relatives such as siblings, parents, and children. These family members may have a 50% risk to carry the same... Read More

Color Around The Globe – Color

August 6, 2018

At the opening plenary session of the Human Genetics Society of Australia here in Sydney, Daniel MacArthur from the Broad Institute suggested that every possible genetic variant that is compatible with life likely exists right now, in today’s population. The main... 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

Color Q&AEmily Johnston, engineering manager – Color

July 30, 2018

Let’s start with your childhood. Were you a supergeek?Basically, yes. I grew up in a suburb of Ottawa, the capital of Canada. It’s a big telecom hub, so outside of government, the second largest employer was various combinations of Bells. My dad and a lot of my... Read More

Sales isn’t just selling… – Color

July 20, 2018

Tradition of taking a company selfie Every summer the Color sales team gathers at our company’s California headquarters for our annual meeting. Over the course of three days, we’ll review the first half of the year, celebrate our successes, learn from the field,... Read More

Color Q&A: Priscila Loghry, facilities manager – Color

July 10, 2018

Okay, let’s start with the personal stuff. What’s your background? How did you come to Color? My background is in business administration, and most of my professional experience was in Brazil, where I was born and raised. I joined Color in Dec 2016 as the Office... Read More

When Science, Music & Art Meet Hackers – Color

July 3, 2018

Emily (designer) with Walter (engineer) Our biannual Hack Week tradition continues at Color! Unlike most software companies, Color’s Hack Weeks benefit from the in-house clinical and scientific expertise of our colleagues. So, rather than prototyping yet another gamified... Read More

Understanding prostate cancer, the most common cancer in American men

June 29, 2018

“You don’t want to do prostate cancer screening” says my primary care provider. “After all, you don’t die from prostate cancer; you die with prostate cancer.” This occurred as part of an important conversation that men-of-a-certain-age... Read More

On experiencing Father’s Day as…a father!

June 13, 2018

For 35 years, Father’s Day has meant a special time to reflect on and appreciate my dad — a man deeply devoted to family, who taught me to throw a baseball, to work hard, do good, be nice to others, and to always remember that at the end of the day character is judged by... Read More

What you need to know about genetics and employee health

June 13, 2018

And how employers can help shape the future of healthcare Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash At Color, we believe genomics will inevitably be a part of everyone’s approach to staying healthy. We’ve reached a point where genetic testing can help prevent late stage... Read More

My Day at Color – Color

June 8, 2018

Hi! I’m a (rising) junior at Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, currently living my best life on summer vacation. The beauty of summer is having the time and freedom to do absolutely anything, whether that’s sleeping, spending time with friends and family,... Read More

Supporting patients left in limbo by DTC BRCA genetic testing

June 7, 2018

When the FDA authorized the first direct-to-consumer (DTC) BRCA test in March, they did so with the caveat that any positive test result requires confirmation and genetic counseling before it can be used to inform medical treatment. Historically, insurance will only cover BRCA... 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... Read More

Understanding the Difference Between Genetic Testing Technologies

June 6, 2018

The technology used in a genetic test makes a big difference in the completeness of the results. There is a common misperception that all genetic tests are created equally and the only difference is what areas they focus on — such as ancestry, digestive flora, prenatal... Read More

Software is Changing the Game for Genetic Counseling

June 6, 2018

“Genetic counseling is essential to the communication of results, and by doing it in an efficient way, the barrier of cost is a thing of the past.” I attended my first National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Annual Education Conference (AEC) in 2008 when I... 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

Open Source at Color: A Statistical Risk Model for Cancer

June 6, 2018

10–15% of most cancers (in women and men) can be explained by inherited genetic mutations — which is why we built the Color Test, which analyzes 30 genes which are clinically relevant to the most common hereditary cancers. Separate from genetics, a person might... Read More

Hacking for healthy, happy humans – Color

June 6, 2018

We just wrapped up another Hack Week at Color — our most exciting one to date! It’s amazing what teams of talented, inspired engineers/designers can accomplish in 4–5 days. Teams described the week as “fun,” “hectic,”... Read More

It’s (another) hack week! – Color

June 6, 2018

At Color, we believe in new ideas and experimentation. So we’re pretty serious about hack weeks; our product, design, and engineering teams see them as a chance to take a step back from our normal cadence to brainstorm and build new ideas and experiences. In fact, many of... Read More