News of the WeekPARKINSON'S DISEASE

Streamlined Clinical Trials, From a Home Computer

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Science  30 May 2008:
Vol. 320, Issue 5880, pp. 1143
DOI: 10.1126/science.320.5880.1143

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A Parkinson's research and treatment center and the genetic testing company 23andMe are experimenting with an unusual new approach to clinical trials: have participants assess themselves from their home computers potentially using everything from videos of tremors to a mouse that senses motor abilities.