(Source: nap.ba) [wzslider autoplay=”true”]Between 15,000 and 20,000 B&H fans cheered for the Dragons last night at the “King Baudouin” stadium in Brussels.Large number of fans of our national team arrived in Brussels. Flags and B&H songs were everywhere. Belgians looked around, confused by happy fans who were preparing for last night’s match between Belgium and B&H, which was played within the qualifiers for the European Championship in France.Fans gathered at the main square in Brussels at 2 p.m., from where they went to the “King Baudouin” stadium at 5 p.m.Atmosphere in the dressing room of Dragons was good as well. Head coach of our national football team, Mehmed Baždarević, stated at the press conference that was held couple of days ago in in Brussels, that Belgium has very quality team, but B&H also has a chance to get a good result in the match.Back then, the coach of the Dragons stated that Džeko and the team will not calculate and go for one point, but they will be brave and play for victory.
Brittle stars are included within a whole range of species, which contribute to knowledge in the medically important area of tissue regeneration. All brittle stars regenerate lose limbs, but the rate at which this occurs is highly variable and species-specific. One of the slowest rates of arm regeneration reported so far is that of the Antarctic Ophionotus victoriae. Additionally, O. victoriae also has an unusual delay in the onset of regeneration of about 5 months. Both processes are of interest for the areas of regeneration biology and adaptation to cold environments. One method of understanding the details of regeneration events in brittle stars is to characterise the genes involved. In the largest transcriptome study of any ophiuroid to date, we describe the results of mRNA pyrosequencing from pooled samples of regenerating arms of O. victoriae. The sequencing reads resulted in 18,000 assembled contiguous sequences of which 19% were putatively annotated by blast sequence similarity searching. We focus on the identification of major gene families and pathways with potential relevance to the regenerative processes including the Wnt/β-catenin pathway, Hox genes, the SOX gene family and the TGF beta signalling pathways. These data significantly increase the amount of ophiuroid sequences publicly available and provide candidate transcripts for the further investigation of the unusual regenerative process in this Antarctic ophiuroid.