Dr. Roderic Guigó, Head of the Genome Bioinformatics Laboratory at the GRIB, has been honoured with the Ciutat de Barcelona Award to the Scientific Research. This prize has been granted for his research in bioinformatics, such as the comparative analysis of complex genomes, like the mouse and the mosquito Anopheles gambiae.
The analysis of the mouse genome sequence was published on December 2002 in "Nature". GRIB researchers have developed bioinformatic tools and procedures to carry out the comparative analysis of the human and mouse genome. These programs have allowed a more accurate identification of their genes and have resulted in the discovery of more than 1.000 human genes previously unknown.
The Laboratory directed by Dr. Guigó has also participated in the final stages of the analysis and visualization of the genome map of the mosquito Anopheles gambiae, responsible for malaria transmission. Priori to this, the laboratory participated in the visualization of the Drosophila melanogaster (March 2002) and human genome (February 2001).