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

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

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

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

Wear Red 4 VEDS Day! – Color

May 18, 2018

Today is REDS 4 VEDS Day. Some of you are thinking “What is vEDS?” In that moment, you will have proved why this day of awareness is needed. vEDS stands for vascular Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, a rare, life-threatening hereditary vascular condition that affects 1 in... 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... 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

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

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... Read More

What we’re up to at ACMG – Color

April 12, 2018

Yesterday the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting kicked off. A team of Color scientists is in Charlotte to learn about the latest exciting research from the world of genetics, and share what we’ve been up to... Read More