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About COST Action TD1104

Exposure of biological cells to a sufficiently strong external electric field results in increased permeability of cell membranes, referred to as electroporation. Since all types of cells (animal, plant and microorganisms) can be effectively electroporated, without addition of viral or chemical compounds, electroporation is considered to be a universal method and a platform technology. Electroporation has become a widely used technology applicable to e.g. cancer treatment, gene transfection, food and biomass processing, and microbial inactivation. However, despite significant progress of electroporation-based applications, there is a lack of coordination and interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge between researchers from different scientific domains. Thus, critical mass for new major breakthroughs is missing. This COST Action aims to: (i) provide effective steps to increase the European scientific and technological cooperation required to foster basic understanding of electroporation, (ii) improve communication among European research groups to streamline research and development (R&D) activities, and (iii) integrate multidisciplinary research teams, as well as to provide comprehensive training for Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) to foster development of new and existing electroporation-based applications. COST Action results will provide multiple societal, scientific, and technological benefits in the field of medicine, biotechnology and environment preservation.
 

Adapted from: Miklavcic, D. Network for Development of Electroporation-Based Technologies and Treatments: COST TD1104. Journal of Membrane Biology 245/10 (2012), pp. 591-598. DOI: 10.1007/s00232-012-9493-8
Available at: http://www.springerlink.com/content/r12m5536286518vx/


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