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Porton Down: The secretive UK army lab where poisons are hunted and made

LONDON: A secretive British army base, which identified the nerve gas used to poison a Russian ex-spy earlier this month, has for years been fuelling conspiracy theories with its pioneering research into chemical and biological weapons. 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…