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Abstract

G1 phase A8 Xenopus laevis (toad) and V79B Cricetulus griseus (hamster) tissue cultures were used to observe the frequency of ultraviolet-induced chromosomal aberrations as a function of dose. When cultures are irradiated with ultraviolet light, visible aberrations are virtually absent until a threshold of approximately 80 ergs mm⁻¹ is reached. Aberrations then occur as a nonlinear function of dose. Chromatid aberrations are by far the most prevalent until doses in excess of 200 ergs mm⁻¹ are administered, at which point chromosome aberrations become common.

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