Salamanders Can Actually Inactivate HIV and Other Viruses

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UT Center for Wildlife Health Warns About Fungus Threatening Amphibians in Europe

In a paper, the director of the UT Center for Wildlife Health said Bsal, a kind of fungus, infects and damages salamanders’ skin, which can be fatal.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — In East Tennessee, there are cows resting and homes swallowed by greenery. Salamanders like Henry are out there too, but Henry lives in a lab at the Center for Wildlife Health.

Matthew Gray, the Associate Director for the University of Tennessee Center of Wildlife Health, said amphibians have both biomedical and environmental benefits. He said salamanders are helping with research that could help people who have had amputations. 


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Matt Gray, School of Natural Resources