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. Ben

    Never thought Ozzy would outlive the late great Ronnie James Dio. Pretty amazing really.

    October 29, 2010 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. necromancerOzzyFan

    Ozzy is good, i like him.

    October 29, 2010 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  3. merle

    Wow joe ya think?

    October 29, 2010 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. merle

    So with that profound statement are you willing to say then all Germans Italians French Russians etc. derived from one ancient female?

    October 29, 2010 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. merle

    Ok sorry Ozzy rocks(holding lighter in my hand)

    October 29, 2010 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  6. Julie

    Well he's still doing better than those of us whose lineage skips Neanderthal and goes straight back to chimp.
    Me? Uh – my ancestors jumped off a passing asteroid a few thousand years back...

    October 29, 2010 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. merle

    Please dont insult the primates. These folks would make an ameoba cry

    October 29, 2010 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  8. Nat

    Reading these comments makes me 1.Thankful to have Jesus as my savior 2.realize i need to pray a lot more for sanity to be restored to humanity

    October 29, 2010 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
    • SamS

      So your going to pray to a delusion for sanity. Makes perfect sense.

      October 29, 2010 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  9. merle

    @julie I think many people came from a large universal gas cloud. Translated a fart in the wind

    October 29, 2010 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  10. Michelle

    I think the band Kansas wrote a song about that

    October 29, 2010 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. Fabio

    MONKEYS? That is blasphemous. He came from Adam and Eve like everyone else.

    October 29, 2010 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
    • thinker

      Adam and eve were neanderthals. They were the first animals to achieve the ability ro reason. Thats why your fictional story book calls them the first humans.

      October 29, 2010 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
    • OZZY!!

      Superb chioce of words. If they are going to preach while talking about Ozzy then they are really afraid that Ozzy will be the Anti-Christ... wait they already did that! Grow up Fabio!

      October 30, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. merle

    @nat thanks for saving us all

    October 29, 2010 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
  13. Michelle

    Yeah a really hairy Adam & Eve with big bulging foreheads.

    October 29, 2010 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  14. merle

    Yep lets all Thank Eve. Apple eatin beatch. That song was on Kansas greatest hits. I checked.

    October 29, 2010 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
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