A scientist at GEU acquired PHS funding to investigate why large numbers of Tasmanian devils were dying. The research proposal noted that an oncogenic virus appeared to be infecting the animals and causing large tumors preferentially in the mouths and other parts of their heads. GEU wildlife expert Dr. Green and GEU’s attending veterinarian (AV) decided to collaborate on the study, and they submitted a proposal to the IACUC for review and approval.