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Stories by Monya Baker

Miniature Human Liver Grown in Mice

Transplanted "liver buds" self-organized to grow into functional organs, staving off death in mice with liver failure

July 3, 2013 — Monya Baker and Nature magazine

Flashing Fish Brains Filmed in Action

Fast imaging in larval zebra fish has yielded the first neuron-level vertebrate brain-activity map. The resolution could help researchers understand how different regions of the brain work together

March 19, 2013 — Monya Baker and Nature magazine

Bendable Needles Developed to Deliver Stem Cells into Brains

The flexible needles could help doctors deliver stem cells to broader areas of the brain with fewer injections. Such therapies are being investigated for Parkinson's disease, stroke and other neurodegenerative disorders

March 5, 2013 — Monya Baker and Nature magazine

Safety of Induced Stem Cells Gets a Boost

Fears of an immune response to replacement tissues have been overestimated, new research suggests, rejecting previous findings about possible side effects

January 10, 2013 — Monya Baker and Nature magazine

Brain Cells Made from Urine

Human excreta could be a powerful source of cells to study disease, bypassing some of the problems of using stem cells, such as the risk of developing tumors and difficulties in obtaining blood samples from children

December 10, 2012 — Monya Baker and Nature magazine