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The RNAs of brome mosaic (BMV), barley stripe mosaic (BSMV), and tobacco mosaic (TMV) viruses were inactivated by reaction with buffered glutaraldehyde. Glutaraldehyde did not fix 4% BMV-RNA, 20% t-RNA, 5% polyadenylic acid, or 5% adenosine monophosphate into water-insoluble precipitates, or gels, in distilled water or in low or high ionic strength buffers nor did it change their ultraviolet (UV) spectra. Two SDS- and phenolpurified commercial yeast RNA preparations from different sources gave UV spectra typical of pure RNA, but could not be freed of a contaminant that reacted with glutaraldehyde by forming a precipitate. The yeast RNAs did not become water-insoluble after glutaraldehyde reaction. BMV-RNA precipitated by Mg2+ could not be cross-linked into an insoluble form by glutaraldehyde. Nonfixation of RNA by glutaraldehyde must be considered in interpretation of attempts to localize RNA by electron microscopy.