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Accompanying Apple Watch, a medical surprise

And now, Apple will enroll you in a clinical trial. In a surprise announcement that overshadowed the presentation of its new Apple Watch — for the health care industry, at least — the Silicon Valley giant on Monday unveiled a new biomedical platform called ResearchKit. The platform, which will be available on the latest version of iPhone software next month, will allow any iPhone user to enroll in tests of new drugs and therapies by downloading apps from hospitals and providers who are recruiting patients.