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.