October 28th, 2010
08:02 PM ET

Ozzy Osbourne on genome testing, Neanderthal lineage

In July, rocker Ozzy Osbourne became one of few to submit his blood to have his full genome sequenced and analyzed.

The results are in, and it turns out his genome reveals some Neanderthal lineage, according to Scientific American.

Osbourne and his wife, Sharon, are expected to discuss the testing and its results Friday at the TEDMED 2010 scientific conference in San Diego, California.

In a Sunday Times of London column (registration required), the former Black Sabbath front man said he was reluctant to submitting to the test at first. He eventually gave in to his curiosity over how he had managed to survive years of hard living and substance abuse.

"Given the swimming pools of booze I've guzzled over the years—not to mention all of the cocaine, morphine, sleeping pills, cough syrup, LSD, Rohypnol... there's really no plausible medical reason why I should still be alive," he wrote.

"Maybe my DNA could say why."

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  1. Dan

    Look away religious nuts. This is about science.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ace

    O wow so that mean i have that n me to im like 5 percent white hmmmm i wonder if i should go snort sum cocain n do lsd all that stuff n ill b ok or what na na im good ill jus stick with the alcohol n the herbs lol smiley face

    October 28, 2010 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Say what?

      October 29, 2010 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Huh!!?

      What the...is that English?!?

      October 29, 2010 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
    • icaro_satsuma

      you're an idiot! are you even capable of actually spelling out your comment in full? i doubt it, if this is how you've gotten into the habit of writing. very sad.

      October 29, 2010 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. slackforce

    I thought it was still up in the air whether or not anatomically modern humans commingled with Neanderthals. Guess not! I wonder how much of the population today has a little Neanderthal blood in them.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carol

      If white skin is a predominate trait, I guess there are a lot of us with neanderthal blood. That is one part of history that I was really interested in.

      October 29, 2010 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. Ted

    SO.......BILL CLINTON....WEALTHY....SOUTHERN....RICH...AND OBAMA...WEALTHY AND POWERFUL ..AFRO/WHITE......TELLS MEEK....POOR SOUTHERN BLACK...WORKED VERY HARD.... TO MOVE TO THE BACK OF THE BUS ....BECAUSE ANOTHER...SOUTHERN ..RICH WHITE CAN TAKE HIS SEAT....I HAVEN'T SEEN THIS FOR 40+ YEARS.... NOW WE KNOW WHAT PRESIDENT OBAMA MEANT WHEN HE SAID "MOVE TO THE BACK"...REFERRING TO ANYONE IN HIS WAY.......

    October 28, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • A dude

      ???

      October 28, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • NEC

      Uhhhh... please go back on your meds Ted!!!!!

      October 28, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Calvin

      Ted....Ted.....are you in there Ted?????

      October 28, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. A dude

    Ozzie issued a statement, but no one has figured out what he said.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Msbadger

      "A dude"- Perfect!

      October 28, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Chris

    Funny he didn't mention Sweet Leaf. I guess he realizes that, unlike all the other drugs he mentioned, cannabis hasn't killed anyone.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ronald Raygun

    well that explains his accent, and his daughters mongoloid sized head....

    October 28, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Shrike

    @Ted Wrong conversation, dude. The one you're looking for is just a quick leap off that ledge right over there. kthnx

    October 28, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Samuel

      come on man. the kid's only 7. You can't expect such an ignorant generation to understand good music.

      October 28, 2010 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. flooby

    Ozzy is awesome.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Shrike

    In other news, Ozzy is indestructable. The only thing that's going to be left when the world ends is him, possibly a couple roaches. Maybe Keith Richards.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. John

    This isn't a joke. Science was actually interested why he was still alive after all of the drug abuse. Look it up.

    October 28, 2010 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • icaro_satsuma

      john's right. i read something about this, previously, too.

      October 29, 2010 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  12. Candace

    I am 33 and an ozzy lover too!!!

    October 28, 2010 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sheamus

    Ozzy is a true Rock n Roll Rebel. The drugs may have made him So Tired and Paranoid, but we all know he will be Flying High Again while he Barks at the Moon. It's a Miracle, Man, that he's still with us.

    October 28, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • OZZY!!

      That is cute... haha. Rather witty my friend, gave me a chuckle.

      October 30, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ThePTB

    Ozzy is god. Period.

    October 28, 2010 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. israel

    now that explains quite alot!

    October 28, 2010 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
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