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. merle


    October 29, 2010 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. Michelle

    Please don't make me laugh-i don't want to fall out of my tree.

    October 29, 2010 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. Michelle

    So I guess white people are the new monkeys.

    October 29, 2010 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      LOL, I love it. HeHEHHE

      February 8, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Epidi

    He must be a descendant of Ayla's son that she had to leave behind in Clan of the Cavebear! Creb, the Mogur, would be so proud! Black Sabbath was the first concert I ever went to & Peter Frampton was the start up band back in 1975. What a wild ride it's been since then. "I am Ironman!" Awesome tunes!

    October 29, 2010 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
  5. merle

    Hey Hey we re the monkees and people see us monkeein around. (sorry flashback) I only drank a few kiddie pools full of booze and only did the cocaine cause I liked the way it smelled

    October 29, 2010 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. merle

    OK I believe I see the misunderstanding here!

    October 29, 2010 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. merle

    When Ozzy heard genomes he said hell yeah I can live longer than those short guys with the white beards and funny pointy hats

    October 29, 2010 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
  8. Michelle

    Was that all in 1 night?

    October 29, 2010 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
  9. merle

    Well I dont like to brag but those were different times.

    October 29, 2010 at 2:45 am | Report abuse |
  10. Michelle

    Yes they were.

    October 29, 2010 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
  11. merle

    Yep young dumb and full of...hope

    October 29, 2010 at 3:07 am | Report abuse |
  12. mmi16

    Interesting if there is a genetic reason Ozzy is still alive.

    October 29, 2010 at 3:07 am | Report abuse |
  13. merle

    Hmmmmm. When a vegetable is pickled it does have a longer shelf life.

    October 29, 2010 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
  14. S87H

    I met Ozzy on a trip to NYC and he was incredibly nice. He'll probably outlive us all.

    October 29, 2010 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
  15. Scott Shaubel

    Dioscorides, a Greek surgeon, wrote that a patient that has drunk wine made from Mandrake(brown wine Paris) does not feel pain because they are overborneor overcome with "DEAD SLEEP"... the same as dead and alive at the same time, eternally in the ether, supernatural, under ether.... "When Under Ether".. is Death Without Dying,.. Flatline the brain,.. synthetically

    October 29, 2010 at 3:33 am | Report abuse |
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