NC mill town once made sheets and towels. Now it draws volunteers for medical research.

More than 12,000 local people are taking part in the Measurement to Understand the Reclassification of Disease of Cabarrus/Kannapolis — the long name for what’s more simply called the MURDOCK Study. Led by Duke University scientists, it’s among the largest medical studies of a single U.S. community.

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