About Agarose

Rae Nishi nospamnishir at ohsu.edu
Thu Oct 16 11:39:53 EST 1997


In article <343F86E8.644172B3 at scientist.com>
"Kimberly P. Lindsey" <lindsey at scientist.com> writes:

> Just a little information for you.  Agarose is a whole lot like gelatin
> , except it comes from plants - seaweed, I think, rather than bones and
> hooves (like Jello does!).  It is used to separate pieces of DNA based
> on their sizes.  It is also a little like agar agar which could be
> thought of as Jello that comes in bacteria's favorite flavors.

ACTUALLY, agarose is a purified polysaccaride isolated from agar which
comes from seaweed, whereas gelatin (AKA Jello) is denatured collagen;
ie., a protein.

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Rae Nishi, PhD
Oregon Health Sciences University
Portland Oregon 



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