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A process of applying a high-voltage electrical pulse to a living cell, causing temporary permeability of the cell membrane, through which a foreign material such as DNA may pass.

[electro- + poration, inducement of permeability of a cell membrane (pore + -ation).]
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Sweden-based Cellectricon offers the Cellaxess system, which uses capillary electrodes to directly electroporate adherent cells in the culture dishes where they are grown.
With Cellaxess, researchers' can electroporate hard-to-transfect cell types with excellent viabilities, low toxicity and high reproducibility.
Genetronics' needle array applicators allow a physician to electroporate even a deep-seated tumor.