BBC highlights U.K.'s biopreparedness
The report began with the story of an anthrax outbreak that occurred in Glasgow when heroin was contaminated with anthrax spores during transit through Turkey. The staff administering the anti-toxins had to be brought in from the United States during the situation, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism reports.
The report went on to discuss other issues related to biosecurity in the U.K., including future attacks, research and homemade biological weapons.
The upcoming 2012 London Olympics serves as a prime target for an intentional biological attack and Lord Michael Jopling of the House of Lords was pessimistic about the country's ability to handle such an attack.
"I don't think we are at all well prepared for a major biological attack," Jopling said, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
There are currently 10 labs in the U.K. that are working on substances like Ebola and the most deadly flu strains. There have been few security breaches in these labs, but data and privacy protection in the facilities make it easier to conceal information about such events.
The program also reported that the creation of new biological agents could be easily manufactured using a homemade DNA-modification machine or a gene synthesizer purchased from eBay for approximately $400.