This article deals with one of the central issues driving comparative primate genomics: the impact of primate genomics and immune studies on the field of biomedicine.
The authors discuss the benefits of studying immune function and disease through the lens of our closest relatives. However, the assumptions underlying this article's construction and thesis may be worth revisiting. Should it be true that our studies of comparative primate genomics be so heavily driven by biomedicine in particular? How can science for the sake of science be justified in comparative primate genomics and immune studies? Are there moral issues at stake here?