** FILE ** In this Nov. 13, 2008 file photo, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Napolitano is President-elect Barack Obama's primary choice to be secretary of the Homeland Security Department, several news organizations reported Thursday Nov. 20, 2008. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)
The institute researches plant and animal diseases, to protect the food supply against them.
The Homeland Security Department has announced that it plans to build a new, $450 million lab nearby. The lab will develop vaccines against foreign animal diseases and other biological threats.
Construction of that National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility is expected to begin next year. The bulk of the cost will be covered by federal funds, and the facility is expected to open by 2015.
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