US Company Knome has announced that they will be working for the next three months to sequence the genes of the Black Sabbath front man known as The Prince of Darkness. Ozzy’s DNA will be studied, not because he’s in perfect health, but because he’s survived a lifetime of self-abuse that would have killed most people. Scientists hope to find out what attributes of the singer’s genes allow his body to continue to function in relatively good health after a self-described “40-year bender.” Check out the full story, with pictures and video below!
The Prince of Darkness has admitted that even he is surprised that he’s not dead after his career. Confessing to drinking four bottles of Cognac a day at one point, he said he would drink until passing out, wake up hours later and continue. He’s also survived almost contracting rabies when he bit the head off of a bat, and breaking his neck in a motorcycling accident.
Will Ozzy’s DNA sequencing reveal the key to longevity? Unlikely, but it could contain some helpful clues as to how genes can be affected by environment. Jon Armstrong of Cofactor Genomics talked to the press about the potential benefits of the research.
“Ozzys been a touring guy. He’s been in a band. He’s kicked back on a bus. He’s drinking four bottles a day of vodka or whatever. The responsibility and the amount of stress that he’s had in his life is probably less than yours. One of the interesting things would be to take the variation in his DNA sample and compare that to patients that have had cancer and patients that have passed away from other diseases.”
Osbourne recently told reporters in an interview that he’s lucky to have his good genes, and even his doctors are surprised when they hand him a clean bill of health.
“Every time I have a medical, they say, ‘There is nothing wrong with you’, and they are shaking their heads as they do it.” He added: “Mind you, I tell my kids that they have to be careful nonetheless. I don’t want them thinking they can do whatever because they’ve got some Osbourne gene that makes them superhuman.”
They certainly picked a good candidate for their research. Do you think Ozzy’s DNA sequencing will hold some clues to longevity for scientists? Or is this just a publicity stunt? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section! And don’t miss the photos and a hilarious video of Osbourne below!