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When a prestigious medical journal challenged scientists to analyse data from a pivotal blood-pressure study in search of new findings, hundreds of researchers around the world rushed to sign up.

The contest, sponsored by the New England Journal of Medicine, offered scientists a rare opportunity to access detailed trial data that otherwise might have remained proprietary for another year — if not indefinitely. But the competition, whose winners were announced on 7 March, also illustrates the tension between speeding access to data and protecting the interests of those who laboured to collect them.

Jackson Wright, a pharmacologist at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, spent nearly a decade designing and carrying out the blood-pressure trial featured in the data challenge. The landmark study, funded largely by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), revealed a surprising benefit of lowering blood pressure below the usual targets — and had the potential to reshape the treatment of millions of patients.

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