SA, we seem to be pretty much in agreement.
– “…these and other types of research which weaponizes science to the detriment and not to the benefit of mankind.”
The stated objective of such experiments is to run evolution forward, to discover viral dangers in the lab before they foist themselves upon us from nature, and possibly develop vaccines in advance. But the cost/benefit assessment is highly contentious; for it to remain in humanity’s favour we have to be almost certain that they can never escape, but that can never be a certainty.
But you know how these things are. Studying nature is utterly fascinating, and pursuing a research project can border on obsession; in fact, obsession can be the driving force behind the best research possible. It is entirely human for the best scientists in the field to defend their research domain, even to the extent of behaving irrationally. Scientists are human.