The good news is that it's still hard to design a lethal plague. The 'cost of havoc' is higher than I once thought.
Yes, influenza can be weaponized by guiding Darwinian natural selection - but that takes years of patient work and advanced technologies. It's beyond the grasp of, say, Anonymous.
So this research is good news - for most of us.
Isn't it a problem for the anti-Darwinist wing of the GOP though? The group that opposes the teaching of natural selection? How do their Senators get their heads around this issue?