Regarding the lead Scientist, the article notes:
Fouchier is so prepared for a media storm that he has hired an advisor to help him work on a communication strategy:I think the very first communication should be, "I'm sorry. I'll burn all the research, never publish and promise to never do it again."
One thing that gives me pause about genetic research and engineering is the downside potential. Unintended consequences of genetic engineering has been a mainstay of science fiction since the genre began. Intentionally creating something that could wipe out the human race is the pursuit of madmen. When scientists do it as an academic pursuit, I am at a loss for words. What in the world were they thinking? I mean really, if you have this subconscious desire to remove the human race to save Gaia, or whatever, how about you lead by example and off yourself first? We'll wait to see how it goes for you and decide if we'd like to follow.
If that genie ever gets out of the bottle, there's no putting it back in.
h/t: The Feral Irishman