Polyamides comprising at least one hydrophilic C.sub.1 -C.sub.10 hydrocarbyl substituent on an amide nitrogen atom, and methods for producing and using the same is provided. In particular, polyamides of the formula: ##STR1## and methods for using the same for altering the ratio of charge/translational frictional drag of binding polymers to allow electrophoretic separation of polynucleotides or analogs thereof in a non-sieving liquid medium is provided, where a, q, L.sup.1, P.sup.1, Q.sup.1, R, R.sup.1, R.sup.10 and R.sup.11 are those described herein.
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