Jamie Metzl is a member of the World Health Organization international advisory committee on human genome editing, a former National Security Council official and author of “Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity.” Andrew Hessel is the chairman of the Genome Project-write and the president of Humane Genomics. Hansa Bhargava, MD, is a senior medical director at WebMD and MedScape. The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the authors; view more opinion articles on CNN. (CNN)This is war.A world war.Not against a country or regime, but a virus — an enemy invader that is as alien to most people as it is invisible, and completely unaffected by humanity’s borders, politics or morality.After dangerously slow starts first in China, Europe and the United States, the world is now mobilizing to face the Covid-19 pandemic in an all-hands-on-deck moment. This counterattack is already showing preliminary results, but much of our effort will be for naught if we fully demobilize once this battle is won.There’s a reason why militaries don’t demobilize after each war. To face ongoing threats, our militaries maintain ongoing capabilities. Even though we’ve faced terrible pandemics before, we’re now suffering unnecessarily because we’ve not applied their


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