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PBS's primary public-affairs documentary series, `Frontline' focuses on one (usually timely) topic each program. Overseen since its inception by executive producer David Fanning, it has been honored regularly over the years, winning 34 DuPont-Columbia awar (more…)

Premiered: January 1, 1983

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Season 19, Episode 13 Organ Farm

First Aired: April 3, 2001

A two-part report on prospects for animal-to-human transplantation concludes by focusing on the possibility of transmissible genetic viruses in organs taken from pigs. It's the fear, says Hugh Auchincloss of the FDA: “that you create AIDS 2.” Another downside---the rejection of animal organs by recipients---is seen being addressed with the cloning of “transgenic” pigs at a Wisconsin facility. The upside is seen in three case studies of patients whose lives were saved by experimental procedures.