Organ Farm (Part 1) (#1912)
Imagine a world where every patient who needed an organ transplant could receive one right away and a simple surgical procedure could correct everything from strokes to spinal cord injuries to Parkinson' s disease. Such a future may not be far off thanks to xenotransplantation, the experimental process of transplanting genetically modified pig cells and whole organs into human beings. But while a scientific breakthrough in cross-species transplants could offer hope to millions of desperately ill patients, such procedures could introduce new retroviruses and other infectious agents into the human population, posing a public health risk to millions of others. Do the benefits of xenotransplantation outweigh the still-unknown dangers? FRONTLINE offers viewers the first television investigation into the multibillion dollar xenotransplantation industry. With exclusive access to a secret transgenic organ farm somewhere in North America, FRONTLINE presents cutting-edge footage of the organs being developed and an unprecedented glimpse into a bio-secure, air-locked barrier world where science fiction may soon become science fact. [56 minutes]
This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.
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