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Dark secrets of Porton Down: Inside controversial defence lab which developed VX nerve agent and used human ‘guinea pigs’

Posted by Martin C. Fox on March 16, 2018

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https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/inside-porton-down-britains-controversial-12192830

It is one of Britain’s most secretive sites, remaining shrouded in mystery for more than 100 years.

But this week Porton Down found itself at the centre of one of the biggest diplomatic crises the UK has faced in recent years.

The top secret defence base in Wiltshire was instrumental in helping identify the nerve agent used to poison a former Russian spy in Salisbury…

Human experiments

Since 1916 more than 20,000 people have taken part in studies at the base.

Porton Down’s experiments on humans have been widely criticised as it is alleged some human ‘guinea pigs’ were duped into taking part in tests.

Tests were carried out on servicemen to try and determine the effects of nerve agents on humans – with one recorded death due to a nerve gas experiment.

Leading Aircraftman Ronald Maddison died aged 20 in 1953 after taking part in sarin nerve agent toxicity tests.

During the tests sarin was dripped onto his arm through two layers of cloth. He died shortly after and an inquest in 2004 returned a verdict of unlawful killing.

There are still concerns that the tests have damaged the long-term health of many of the subjects.

From 1945 to 1989 the base exposed more than 3,400 people to nerve gas – testing more human subjects with the chemical than anywhere else in the world.

Tests included going into gas chambers, repeated exposure, mental performance tests and tests on bare skin.

Subjects were monitored to see how their performance would be effected and what psychological impact it had on them.

Other tests included the impact nerve gas had on different parts of the body such as hearing and sight.

During the tests sarin was dripped onto his arm through two layers of cloth. He died shortly after and an inquest in 2004 returned a verdict of unlawful killing.

There are still concerns that the tests have damaged the long-term health of many of the subjects.

From 1945 to 1989 the base exposed more than 3,400 people to nerve gas – testing more human subjects with the chemical than anywhere else in the world.

Tests included going into gas chambers, repeated exposure, mental performance tests and tests on bare skin.

Subjects were monitored to see how their performance would be effected and what psychological impact it had on them.

Other tests included the impact nerve gas had on different parts of the body such as hearing and sight.

Aerial release trials

Between 1953 and 1976 a number of aerial release trials were carried out to help the government understand how a biological attack might spread across the UK.

The government said: “Given the international situation at the time these trials were conducted in secret.”

And added: “The information obtained from these trials has been and still is vital to the defence of the UK.”

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