here was no specific name for the virus, or at least not yet officially named. Virologist from the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Ron Fouchier is the person who created the virus. He did so with the H5N1 virus mutate genetic material. To test the pathogenicity virus, Fouchier using ferrets as experimental animals because they have airways similar to humans.
"This is one of the most dangerous virus that you can make," said Fouschier as quoted by the Daily Mail. The virus is much more easily infect humans and is transmitted to other humans. If a virus is to "leak" to the public, the potential global pandemic caused by this virus is very high. Possibly, the human species made extinct because of it.
So what is the purpose to make a virus that can kill a human? Fouchier says, the research part of an international efforts to understand H5N1. Another similar study was also conducted research team working in the U.S. University of Wisconsin and the University of Tokyo in Japan.
Fouchier research results and research teams from Wisconsin and Tokyo are now reviewed by the National Science Advisory Board for the United States Biological Safety (NSABB). Some have refused publication because it feared the results of such research will be misused. The results could be positive for public health, but also can be used as a biological weapon.