The demonstration of five different effects of ultraviolet radiation on the sea urchin's egg indicates that more than one basic photochemical process goes on there. Photorecovery is observed in only one of these. The need for caution in interpreting such effects is obvious.
Evidence for a different mechanism for the timing of cleavage in eggs activated by ultraviolet radiation as compared to normally fertilized eggs is presented.
The bearing of these studies on survival curves for microorganisms is discussed.