From the article:
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica">quote:</font><HR>The center's dilemma has sparked discussion among some techies who wondered if there were any way to ensure that their projects would not suffer if they were to die unexpectedly. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
This is standard management stuff. Never entrust important features to just one person. Hopefully the center's management has learned an important lesson.