Apple has unveiled ResearchKit, a big data initiative that will help doctors and scientists gather data from participants who have iPhones. Apple expects ResearchKit for iOS to provide the foundation for studies on asthma, breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and more.

Apple unveiled ResearchKit during the Apple Watch launch event earlier today -- though ResearchKit itself seems more closely aligned with the iPhone. Developers can use ResearchKit, available in April, to contribute specific software modules and drive medical research worldwide.

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