Porton Down: What’s inside the UK’s top-secret laboratory?


Media captionFor the first time, the BBC was given access to a level four laboratory

Inside Porton Down, the UK’s top secret laboratory, scientists carry out research into chemical weapons and deadly diseases. BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner was given rare access to the highly secretive facility.

Pulling on thick, protective gloves several times a day comes with unique problems, says Rory, one of the youngest scientists currently working at Porton Down.

“The one thing which I’ve found is definitely moisturiser comes in handy,” he says.

“My desk is covered in different types of it.”

Ebola, plague, anthrax

Rory works at the Ministry of Defence’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), better known as Porton Down.

Based five miles (8km) outside Salisbury, in Wiltshire, it is highly secretive, under armed guard and is

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