Agarose, an essential tool in the fight against COVID-19

Mon, 28/06/2021 - 13:17
diagnostic tests

Diagnostic tests have been an essential tool in the fight against COVID-19. There are different types of diagnostic tests: those that inform us about whether there is infection at the time of the test (active infection) and those that inform us about an immune response against the virus.

Agarose resins have played a crucial role in the production of these diagnostic tests, such as antigen tests, rapid antibody tests or even serological (ELISA) tests.

This shows the wide variety of applications for agarose and its importance as raw material, not only for electrophoresis but also for creating agarose resins that are used to separate and purify biomolecules.

Hispanagar is one of the few companies in the world that has been manufacturing agaroses since the 80's and its catalog has the widest agarose range on the market. In addition to its agaroses specially designed for resin manufacturing, it offers standard agaroses, ideal for routine and fast separation of DNA and RNA fragments, low-fusion point agaroses, which are obtained by modifying their original natural chemical structure and, finally, MS agaroses, whose special structure improves the separation of small DNA fragments and the resolution among similarly sized fragments.