that article doesn't do it justice, but to sum it up the bird flu virus has been mutated so that it essentially has the ability to wipe out a good chunk of the human population if released. It has about a 60% mortality rate and is incredibly contagious. The research was actually funded by the US government, but now they are trying to censor the information since it really is that bad. If a virus like that was released into the population it would have a similar effect of the black plague, where maybe half or more of the population is killed. slightly frightening that a pathogen that deadly has been purposly made.