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

Free Swag! (And other less important recruiting issues.)

June 6, 2018

People tend to think of recruiting as an artless career — you interview people, hire them, and the job’s done, right? Well, yes, that’s part of it, but there’s a lot of nuance involved. The recruiting team at Color works on a breadth of projects: from... Read More

Color Q&A: Abdi Khalif, automation engineer – Color

June 6, 2018

Every week (or so) we’re going to chat with someone who’s doing something interesting here at Color. Congratulations, Abdi — you’re the first Color Q&A. Let’s start with your story. Where did you grow up? What interested you as a child? I grew up in Burnaby,... 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... 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

Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the great Python 3 Migration

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 versions. Recently, we tackled our oldest... Read More

Are You a Future Genetic Counselor? – Color

May 29, 2018

“There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart. Pursue these.” – Michael Nolan I recently had the opportunity to talk with journalist Turna Ray on the Sequenced podcast about the profession of genetic counseling... Read More