Nestled amongst rolling hills of English countryside, Porton Down’s stunning surroundings give little hint at the deadly secrets it holds. The armed guards and police surrounding the high-containment scientific facility in Wiltshire however, certainly do. Having opened in 1916 in response to Germany’s creation of Chlorine Gas during WWI, the UK developed its first ‘War Experimental Station’ – a top secret government laboratory that has since housed some of the world’s most deadly substances. From vials of plague, where a few drops alone could kill hundreds of thousands, to coronavirus variants being tested for transmission rates and vaccine response – the 7,000 acre site, better known as Porton Down, is one of the most secure and secretive in the country. And while the Chemical Weapons Convention saw a ban on the production and stockpiling of deadly pathogens in 1963, Porton Down is the only place in the UK permitted to create nerve agents – such as Anthrax, Chlorine Gas and Sarin – in order to develop protective responses to them. Get all the best news directly to your inbox. Click here to sign-up to our newsletter The laboratory, a fortress of layer-upon-layer of high-security doors, keypads, cameras, and armed guards,… Read full this story
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