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A donor is wheeled to an operating room for a kidney transplant at Johns Hopkins Hospital June 26, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)MoreCloseclosemore
A donor is wheeled to an operating room for a kidney transplant at Johns Hopkins Hospital June 26, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Each year, thousands of Americans join organ donor lists hoping to get a replacement liver or kidney. One way to fill the gap between need and supply would be to grow the organs another way — in animals.

One company — e-Genesis — is now working to create designer pigs that could grow organs for human bodies.

Here & Now's Robin Young gets the story from STAT science senior writer Sharon Begley (@sxbegle).

This segment aired on April 12, 2017.

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