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Porton Down is a United Kingdom government military science park. It is situated slightly northeast of Porton near Salisbury in Wiltshire, England. To the northwest lies the MoD Boscombe Down test range facility which is operated by QinetiQ. On maps, Porton Down has a "Danger Area" surrounding the entire complex.


It is home to the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, known as Dstl. Dstl is an Executive Agency of the Ministry of Defence (MoD), and the site is believed to be one of the United Kingdom's most sensitive and secretive government facilities for military research, including chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defence (CBRN) defence. The Dstl site occupies 7,000 acres (28 km²).


It is also home to Public Health England's Porton Down Centre as well as a small science park which includes companies such as Tetricus Bioscience and Ploughshare Innovations.


The site is commonly confused with the nearby chemical-biological-radiological-nuclear (CBRN) training facility, the Defence CBRN Centre at Winterbourne Gunner.

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Boris Johnson has for the first time defended his apparent claim that Porton Down scientists had told him Russia was responsible for deploying a military grade nerve agent to poison Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury last month. Making the first defence of this claim since Porton Down ...
According to the results of an internal civil service staff survey, the employees of the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) at Porton Down, the oldest chemical warfare research facility in the world, complain about low pay and have little confidence in their leadership. “Even this world-leading ...

Employees at the government's secretive laboratory Porton Down suffer from low morale, have worries about pay and lack confidence in its leadership, according to a Labour analysis of a staff survey. It comes as British scientists working at the world-renowned Defence Science and Technology Laboratory ...
Also included was information suggesting that Shikhany, Russia's equivalent of the defence laboratory at Porton Down, was used during the past decade to test whether novichok could be effective for assassinations abroad. The weapons-grade nerve agent was used to poison the former double agent ...
"We have taken note of a statement made by Porton Down's director that the laboratory had drawn no conclusions on where this substance (allegedly used to poison the Skripals) had been made and could not do so, they (just) determined the chemical composition of that substance," Lavrov stated. "The question of whether ...
Boris Johnson has refused to back down after wrongly claiming Porton Down experts had identified Russia as the source of the Salisbury nerve agent – instead accusing Jeremy Corbyn of siding with Moscow. The Foreign Secretary came out fighting after Labour said he had “misled the public”, turning on ...

'Porton Down said it was Russia'. 15:14, UK, Wednesday 04 April 2018. Boris Johnson. Video: Boris Johnson said on 20 March that he was told by Porton Down that the source of the Salisbury nerve agent was Russia.
The chemical weapons establishment at Porton Down has identified the substance as being from the Novichok family of nerve agents. These were developed by the old Soviet Union, and a Russian whistle-blower who fled to America in the 1990s disclosed that stockpiles had never been destroyed.
We know thanks to the boss of Porton Down, who told Sky News on Tuesday the poison was indeed military-grade Novichok probably deployed by a nation-state, but who went on to explain; “We have not verified the precise source, but provided the scientific information to the government, who have then ...
Porton Down chief: 'Production of nerve agent required state actor'. 08:00, UK, Wednesday 04 April 2018. Gary Aitkenhead is the head of the Porton Down lab. Video: The boss of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down says they "haven't yet" been able to identify the source of the nerve agent used ...
Speaking to Sky News on Tuesday, Gary Aitkenhead, chief executive of Porton Down laboratory, said the poisonous substance used to carry out the attack was the military-grade nerve agent Novichok but said scientists did not identify where it was manufactured. "We have not identified the precise source, ...
'Porton Down said it was Russia'. 21:02, UK, Tuesday 03 April 2018. Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson talks to the media as he arrives. Video: Boris Johnson said on 20 March that he was told by Porton Down that the source of the Salisbury nerve agent was Russia.
Accusations and recriminations between Britain and Russia are set to escalate with the news that scientists at the Porton Down military research facility have been unable to establish exactly where the novichok nerve agent used to carry out the Skripal attack was manufactured. The admission comes the ...
Porton Down lab admits it has not been able to prove Russia made nerve agent used in Salisbury spy attack. It was identified as weapons grade novichok, but they couldn't tell where it came from. Share; Comments. By. Mikey Smith. 16:12, 3 APR 2018; Updated 19:36, 3 APR 2018. News. (Image: AFP). Share; Comments.
British scientists at the Porton Down defence research laboratory have not established that the nerve agent used to poison Sergei and Yulia Skripal was made in Russia, it has emerged. Gary Aitkenhead, the chief executive of the government's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), said the ...
Scientists at the UK's Porton Down defence laboratory have not been able to determine where the nerve agent used in the Salisbury spy attack was made, the boss of the facility has revealed. Gary Aitkenhead, the chief executive of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) at Porton Down, ...
A Porton Down based biotechnology company is joining forces with two others to help make new medicines for a potentially debilitating illness affecting millions of people across Europe. Porton Biopharma, along with CHAIN Biotechnology and Scitech, has been given grant funding to develop treatments ...

SCIENTISTS at the Porton Down military research facility are not able to say that the nerve agent used in the Salisbury poisoning came from Russia. Gary Aitkenhead, Chief Executive of the UK Government's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, said the poison had been identified as military-grade Novichok, which ...
Scientists at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), based at Porton Down, have shown that there's more to them than investigating chemical weapons, though. Gavin Williamson, the defence secretary, has revealed research at the facility has discovered a way of cutting the costs of ...
Russia's suggestion that poison used in the Salisbury incident came from a UK facility, is "just not true", according to the director of the military research centre at Porton Down, Gary Aitkenhead. Scientists at the chemical defence unit have been analysing samples of the nerve agent taken after the attack, ...
The UK's military research base at Porton Down has been at the heart of the investigation into what happened to Russian former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. The BBC has been granted exclusive access to the Wiltshire lab. The headquarters of the Defence Science and Technology ...
Porton Down opened in 1916 as the War Department Experimental Station for testing chemical weapons during WW1. Scientists at the lab researched and developed weapons agents used by the British military during the war such as chlorine, mustard gas and phosgene. After the war the government ...
Given international conventions that prohibit the use of chemical weapons, research conducted at Porton Down is defensive in nature, according to Britain's Ministry of Defence (MoD). The state-of-the-art facility aims only to improve equipment and testing to protect troops and the population, it says.
When Leading Aircraftman Ronald Maddison walked into the sealed gas chamber at Porton Down, his family believe he thought he was taking part in an experiment to cure the common cold. It was 1953, and the 20-year-old had been tempted by an advert promising volunteers for tests at the government's ...
Located near Salisbury, the southwestern English city where Sergei Skripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter were targeted, Porton Down is Britain's most controversial military facility. The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory - its official name - employs 3,000 scientists across a sprawling rural site ...
File photo dated 15/03/18 of a general view of Porton Down Science Campus in Wiltshire. ... Scientists at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) in Porton Down have reduced the 40-stage process of creating the metal down to just two, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said. The Wiltshire base ...
None of the experts we contacted were able to speak definitively about Porton Down's work in this field, but many believe it is likely the substance has indeed be investigated in the past. They suggested it's very possible that Porton Down has held samples of Novichoks – or at least has details about their ...
Of the others, Garner particularly flagged his concern regarding a year-long trial that started in November 2006, conducted at the UK government's laboratories at Porton Down, using rhesus macaque monkeys. The experiment involved 16 monkeys, of which four were unvaccinated, six were given BCG, ...
In a nifty bit of detective work, the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory in Porton Down, U.K., analyzed clothing and urine from three survivors and revealed in 2012 that the narcotic was a combination of two fentanyl derivatives, carfentanil and remifentanil, both far more powerful than morphine.
Volunteers, civil servants and Army personnel have been named in the New Year Honours list, published on Friday. One of those to pick up a Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) was Dr Cerys Rees, of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dtsl) at Porton Down. Dr Rees said she ...
The Queen's New Year's Honours list has been released this evening (Friday December 29th) with some big names being recognised for their efforts. Famous people getting gongs include former Deputy Prime Minister and ex-Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, children's author Michael Morpurgo and ...
Council officers have been working with the Ministry of Defence and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down on the decontamination process. People are advised to avoid the area and security measures remain in place. The cordon at the woods in Woodhall Spa where the ...
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has removed three tonnes of soil from woodland in Lincolnshire contaminated with mustard gas. More than 200 soil samples have been sent from Roughton Moor Woods for disposal at Porton Down MoD base. East Lindsey Council said the woodland was searched and ...
Top military research specialists have been called in to help with a major decontamination operation after 150 mustard gas canisters were uncovered. Porton Down specialists were brought in after the discovery near Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire on 1 October. Two people sustained minor burns and three ...
A Porton Down scientist who developed everything from chemical warfare defences to shark repellents in his work to protect the country and the Armed Forces has been given an emotional surprise to mark his 100th birthday. Gilbert Lewis – described as a brave man who would often put himself forward for ...
A RETIRED scientist celebrating his 100th birthday returned to Porton Down for a surprise visit - almost 40 years after his retirement. Gilbert Lewis visited the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and saw the Porton Man, a robot mannequin that helps test the next generation of chemical and ...
The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down will be asked to develop a biological weapon, though if we are facing a machine intelligence, directed energy weapons and EMP weapons may be more effective. The UK's strategic nuclear deterrant may be used as a weapon of last resort.
He went from there to the then highly secret Chemical Defence Experimental Establishment at Porton Down while studying for a BSc in Chemistry at Southampton. Archaeology came to him first as a hobby in the 1950s, and led in time to an MA in Archaeology from Bristol. Eventually, in 1966, John began a ...
The announcement was made as part defence minister Harriet Baldwin's visit to Dstl's Porton Down research facility. So far, £6m has been invested in synthetic biology for novel materials research, including funding for competitions that bring industry and academia together. Some of these have been run ...
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has removed three tonnes of soil from woodland in Lincolnshire contaminated with mustard gas. More than 200 soil samples have been sent from Roughton Moor Woods for disposal at Porton Down MoD base. East Lindsey Council said the woodland was searched and ...
They were taken to the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down, Wiltshire. The canisters were believed to date back to the ...
The canisters were taken to the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down, Wiltshire. The soil will also be disposed of at the laboratory.
Council officers have been meeting with the Ministry of Defence and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down to ...
Leading experts from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down in Wiltshire have been called in to help to ensure the ...
The objects were taken to Porton Down, the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, where they were found to contain mustard gas.
A Porton Down scientist who developed everything from chemical warfare defences to shark repellents in his work to protect the country and ...
A RETIRED scientist celebrating his 100th birthday returned to Porton Down for a surprise visit - almost 40 years after his retirement.
A RETIRED scientist celebrating his 100th birthday returned to Porton Down for a surprise visit - almost 40 years after his retirement.
During the week of his 100th birthday, a former Porton Down scientist returned for a surprise and emotional visit. It's been almost 40 years since ...
In addition, experts at the Ministry of Defence's Porton Down facility in Wiltshire are involved in the inquiry. The site analyses, tests and ...


 

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