Part of the series Methods in Molecular Biology pp 1-12


A Simple Method of Generating 3D Brain Organoids Using Standard Laboratory Equipment

  • Magdalena SutcliffeAffiliated withMRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
  • , Madeline A. LancasterAffiliated withMRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology Email author 

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3D brain organoids are a powerful tool with prospective application for the study of neural development and disease. Here we describe the growth factor-free method of generating cerebral organoids from feeder-dependent or feeder-free human pluripotent stem cells using standard laboratory equipment. The protocol outlined below allows generation of 3D tissues, which replicate human early in vivo brain development up to the end of the first trimester, both in terms of morphology and gene expression pattern.


Brain In vitro Neural differentiation Neurobiology Neurodevelopment Organoids Stem cells Three-dimensional