What 13,000 patents of sea life DNA tell us about the future

The California brown sea hare has some of the biggest brain cells in the animal kingdom. The bacterium Shewanella oneidensis can live with or without oxygen.

What they share, beyond the possession of remarkable traits, is that their DNA is included among thousands of patents owned by BASF, which calls itself "the largest chemical producer in the world".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 20, 2018, with the headline 'What 13,000 patents of sea life DNA tell us about the future'. Print Edition | Subscribe