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. Kenny

    I started listening to Ozzy's music when I was about 11 or 12. I'm 39 now and I'm still enjoying Ozzy's music; especially his early days with Randy Rhoads, and his days with Sabbath.
    Long live Ozyy, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the youth days you've given me.

    Kenny from Los Angeles, CA.

    October 29, 2010 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. Scott Shaubel

    Dreaming, Dying, Dead, Under Ether for Surgery, All The Same – Supernatural
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcppGhUULO0&w=640&h=360]

    October 29, 2010 at 3:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. merle

    @scott I am listening.....Sabath was great the best metal band?.....talk amongst yourselves

    October 29, 2010 at 3:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. merle

    .

    October 29, 2010 at 3:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. Rick

    Rock and roll is so easy a caveman could do it.

    October 29, 2010 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
  6. Chan

    Well is this really a big surprise? I mean Ozzy is great, but really? Are you shocked?

    October 29, 2010 at 5:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. John Hart

    Ozzie Who?

    October 29, 2010 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
  8. biggs

    ozzy is hilarious, and his music ain't half bad either

    October 29, 2010 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
  9. Midnightblue

    I still rock to Ozzy. I loved you at 14 years old and I still love you at 54.

    October 29, 2010 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  10. ybs

    Which one is your picture, Ozzy?

    October 29, 2010 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
  11. Car

    I'm 61 and I still like Ozzy and I love Sharon. Only she could put up with his antics. I guess that's how you stay young.

    October 29, 2010 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
  12. john

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThU9BOWcmjM&w=640&h=360]

    October 29, 2010 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
  13. Calvin

    INSULTS!!!! I can't believe how bad this article insults him! If I were the Neanderthal, I'd sue them for saying I'm related to Ozzie!!!!!

    October 29, 2010 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
  14. Joseph Bleaux

    He must be related to Keith Richards then!

    October 29, 2010 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
  15. Boscopolo

    Wot a surprise.

    October 29, 2010 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
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