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In JAMA this week, Tracy Hampton reports on the use of electrical impulses in conjunction with chemotherapy to treat various tumors. Basic science researchers have used electrical impulses for the last 30 years to make cell membranes permeable, allowing them to add DNA and other molecules into cells, Hampton says. Clinical investigators are now working on applying that method to cancer treatment.

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