Uniform gel beads 3 mm in diameter were obtained by the suspension polymerization of an amine functionalized monomer, N-3-(dimethyl amino)propyl-methacrylamide (DMAPM). The polymerization of DMAPM in the form of uniform droplets could be achieved at room temperature in an aqueous dispersion medium by using Ca-alginate gel as the polymerization mold. In this preparation, potassium persulfate/tetramethyl ethylenediamine and sodium alginate/calcium chloride were used as the redox initiator and the stabilizer systems, respectively. The crosslinked DMAPM gel beads exhibited pH-sensitive, reversible swelling-deswelling behavior. The uniform gel beads were also obtained by the copolymerization of DMAPM and acrylamide (AA) in the same polymerization system. Although copolymer gel beads with higher pH sensitivities were obtained with increasing feed concentration of DMAPM, the total monomer conversion decreased. Crosslinked DMAPM and DMAPM-AA copolymer gel beads were utilized as sorbents for DNA adsorption. The gel beads produced with higher DMAPM feed concentration exhibited higher equilibrium DNA adsorption capacity. The DNA equilibrium adsorption capacities up to 50 mg DNA/g dry gel could be achieved with the crosslinked DMAPM gel beads. This value was reasonably higher relative to the previously reported adsorption capacities of known sorbents. (C) 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.