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. EGH129

    Ozzy did drugs?

    October 29, 2010 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. DELTA BOB

    OZZY IS A GOD

    October 29, 2010 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. EGH129

    My name is lucifer please take my hand.

    October 29, 2010 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. Yu Chu Mein

    Well, that explains his mumbling accent.

    October 29, 2010 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Bensky

      Haha. Didn't you see "The Decline and Fall of Civilization – Part II" where he was making eggs and trying to drink orange juice. The man's brains are fried ... to say the least.

      October 29, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. TCP

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

    Um, doesn't the scientific community hold that we are ALL descended from Neanderthals? It would only be news if it was discovered that Ozzy's genome revealed that he WASN'T descended from them!

    October 29, 2010 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • SamS

      Actually, it is now widely held that Neanderthals were a separate branch of early humans. So more our genetic cousins than ancestors.

      October 29, 2010 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Ty

      That would be news to me; scientists have still never been sure if our ancestors and neanderthals even crossed paths, forget breeded......if this is true it would be a scientific milestone.

      October 29, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • The Jackdaw

      SamS – We all have 4% Neanderthol DNA in us.

      October 29, 2010 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • The Jackdaw

      TY – Its true. You missed the milestone a while back.

      October 29, 2010 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Kam

      Actually they only tested one individual from each race. The White person tested had the most Neanderthal DNA at 4%, The Asian person had 1%, and the African had none at all. You definitely need a larger sample size to make any conclusions, but it's clear we don't ALL have Neanderthal DNA.

      October 29, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Steve

    This is good for medical breakthroughs for cancel etc, but what happens when some nutter gets hold of the information and creates a virus that say only kills Chinese people?

    October 29, 2010 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  7. Steve

    cancer sorry for the typo

    October 29, 2010 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  8. David

    I was hoping for an alien connection.

    October 29, 2010 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. Run4DaHills

    Shocking!

    October 29, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jason

    Wait a minute, where did they get the Neanderthal gene? I thought these things decayed (which is why they can't manufacture saber-tooth tigers, mammoths, etc.)

    October 29, 2010 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
    • The Jackdaw

      Teeth.

      October 29, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  11. ufolou

    The man was given the gift of music and he used that gift well. ufolou.com

    October 29, 2010 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  12. N49

    He is still alive cause he is the Prince of Darkness

    October 29, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  13. Bensky

    The appropriate response is "So am I, but what is God?"

    October 29, 2010 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  14. Bubba

    It's amazing how when he talks it sounds like he can barely form a sentence – with all the mumbling he does. But when he sings he very clear and articulate. It is amazing he still kickin...

    October 29, 2010 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • amoeba15

      He's always been a stutterer. It's not uncommon for people who stutter to NOT stutter when they sing.

      October 29, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Captain Caveman

    Maybe this would explain why Keith Richards is still alive too.

    But seriously, the fact that they found neanderthal DNA is of minor importance- it's just another ppiece of supporting evidence lending credence to a theory. What makes it interesting news is that we're talking about a very popular public figure, who happens to have a great sense of humor about himself- so it's a much a piece of human interest, a piece of humor, AND a piece of scientific data. If it takes a human interest story about a famous person with a fun sense of self-effacing humor to get people talking and thinking about science, it certainly isn't a bad thing.

    October 29, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
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