Amazed Boffins Probe Ozzy's Genetic Code

By Terrapinzflyer · Jun 17, 2010 · ·
  1. Terrapinzflyer
    Amazed Boffins Probe Ozzy's Genetic Code
    Scientists are to map Ozzy Osbourne's genetic code in a bid to find out how he is still alive after decades of drug and alcohol abuse.

    The former Black Sabbath frontman is only one of a few people in the world to have his full genome analysed.

    It is hoped the results from the £27,000 test, which takes three months, will provide information on how drugs are absorbed in the body.

    Ozzy, 61, has lived a life that would presumably kill any ordinary person.
    Even the singer himself cannot understand how he has survived this long, recently describing himself as a "medical miracle" after going on a "bender" for "40 years".

    He has admitted drinking four bottles of cognac a day at one point, "blacking out, coming to again and carrying on".

    Ozzy famously bit the head off a bat on stage and in 2003 broke his neck in a quad bike accident.

    He also has a genetic disorder similar to Parkinson's disease and on at least one occasion has been committed to a mental institution.

    Despite all his excesses, he is still with wife Sharon, who he once tried to strangle, and the couple have three grown-up children.

    Now he may get some answers from US company Knome, which will use a blood sample to map his genome.

    Nathan Pearson, director of research at the firm, said: "Sequencing and analysing individuals with extreme medical histories provides the greatest potential scientific value."

    The results will hopefully help scientists understand why the bodies of hard-living rockers such as Ozzy, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Iggy Pop are able to take more substance abuse than the average person.

    Wednesday June 16, 2010
    Elizabeth Scott, Sky News Online


  1. godztear
    This is a very good find! I'm kinda surprised at how "inexpensive" a full mapping of one's personal genome is, maybe one day I'll be able to have one of myself for much less at the local pharmacy. It will be interesting to see the follow up on this to see if good old Ozzy's genetic make-up has anything at all to do with him numbing his body to the world for 40 years.
  2. Charenton
    Good old Ozzy is doing a lot of interviews at the moment. This smells to me of a PR stunt aimed at reinforcing his brand with media coverage, Source: Sky News, nuff said.
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