Mature sperm of Acheta domesticus, Acheta assimilis, Nemobius fasciatus, Nemobius confusus, Melanoplus femur-rubrum, Romalea microptera, Scudderia curvicauda, and Ceuthophilus nigricans were examined for DNA configuration by means of polarized fluorescence microscopy. In all cases, the results suggest that the DNA lies in unsupercoiled array, predominantly parallel to the elongate sperm head axes. Detailed calculations of the factors influencing the degree of polarization of the fluorescent emission from supercoiled DNA are contained in an appendix.

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