1. The fast green stain of Alfert and Geschwind for nuclear basic protein is shown to obey the Beer-Lambert laws when used on purified histone. Interference from acid substances other than nucleic acids as a possible source of error is indicated.
2. Use of this technique after a modified Feulgen stain enables determination of relative amounts of desoxyribonucleic acid and histone in the same individual cells.
3. DNA and histone are shown to have the same distribution in formalin-fixed nuclei.
4. The syntheses of DNA and histone proceed simultaneously resulting in the doubling of both these substances prior to cell division.
5. The standard error for histone values is greater than that for DNA; however, the source of this variability is not known.