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How genetically modified pigs could end the shortage of organs for transplants

A young, genetically modified pig raised at a Revivicor farm for organ transplantation research.
Scott P. Yates for NPR
A young, genetically modified pig raised at a Revivicor farm for organ transplantation research.

Scientists are optimistic that gene-edited animals could provide a new source of organs for transplantation. Pig organs modified to minimize rejection are now being tested in humans.

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Rob Stein is a correspondent and senior editor on NPR's science desk.