The relation of congenital malformations to tumor development was examined. Pregnant Sprague-Dawley rats were given 200 rads of X-rays on the 15th or 16th day of gestation and injections of 10 mg ethylnitrosourea (ENU)/kg 1-4 days later, or they were irradiated or injected only. Surviving weanlings that had been irradiated had micrencephaly and other malformations. Offspring exposed to ENU only had no external deformities. By 15 months of age 16.7% of the offspring exposed to X-rays and ENU prenatally had developed neurogenic tumors, whereas 62.2% of those exposed to ENU alone had developed tumors. Those only irradiated had no tumors. Both of the former groups developed oligodendrogliomas, mixed gliomas, ependymomas, and schwannomas, but the first manifestations of tumors occurred later in the group receiving the combined treatment. This delay persisted furing the subsequent period of the study.