The fine structure of the nuclei of logarithmically growing Tetrahymena pyriformis, strain HSM, was studied at 30-minute intervals throughout the cell cycle. Organisms were selected at similar stages of cytokinesis by means of a braking pipette, incubated, fixed in OsO4, and embedded in agar to facilitate subsequent preparation for electron microscopy. Aggregates of micronuclear chromatin underwent a decrease in density and number with a concomitant increase in size throughout interphase. There were no impressive changes in macronuclear morphology. It was found possible to estimate a cell's progress through interphase by observation of micronuclear morphology, but attempts to correlate changes in fine structure with periods of DNA synthesis were unsuccessful.

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