Wild-type M. radiodurans and two radiosensitive mutants were used to study the lethal effects of /sup 125/I disintegrations in their DNA. The relative sensitivities of these three strains to inactivation by ..gamma..-radiation were reflected in their relative sensitivities to inactivation by /sup 125/I decay. The number of double-strand (ds) breaks in the DNA appeared to be similar at levels of ..gamma..-radiation and of /sup 125/I decay that reduced survival to 10%. All three strains of M. radiodurans rapidly repaired ds breaks produced in their DNA by either ..gamma..-radiation or /sup 125/I disintegrations. If one ds break per cell is a lethal event (Krisch. et al., 1975), cells of the three strains tested would die when they had left unrepaired one ds break out of an initial 45, 600 or 1800 ds breaks per single cell.
Myers, D K 
- Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., Chalk River, Ontario. Chalk River Nuclear Labs.