Ozzy Osbourne is a mutant, and after all the years of drugs and alcohol abuse that he has subjected his body to, there is a genome that explains a scientific reason why the rocker is still alive. It may be his genes that he can thank, according to ABC News.
Osbourne, 66, has a genetic code that could mean potential breakthroughs in the world of medicine. Ozzy donated his DNA, although he still doesn’t know what all of this commotion means.
“I’ve always said that at the end of the world there will be roaches, Ozzy and Keith Richards.” Wife Sharon Osbourne said.”He’s going to outlive us all. That fascinated me — how his body can endure so much.”
Ozzy Osbourne isn’t the type of mutant like Hugh Jackman as Wolverine from the X-Men. But geneticist Nathaniel Peason, who sequenced the rocker’s genome discovered that he has several gene variants that “we’ve never seen before”, including variants that could impact how his body absorbs methamphetamines and other recreational drugs.
The heavy metal singer was excited when he was told his genetic code could help the world. He was skeptical at first, but he eventually started to favor the idea of offering the mysteries of his DNA to science.
Ozzy’s genes have even caught the interest of Knome Inc, a genomics company based in Cambridge, MA that began sequencing the “full Ozzy genome” last July. It’s CEO and co-founder Jorge Conde even said “Why not Ozzy?” He hopes that they can discover if good genes had anything to do with Osbourne’s ability to live the rockstar lifestyle to the fullest.
“I was curious - 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… you name it - there’s really no plausible medical reason why I should still be alive. Maybe my DNA could say why.”
His genes’ ability to withstand great amounts of abuse from drugs and alcohol, and still manage to function are what scientists are most interested in studying.
“He had a change on the regulatory region of the ADH4 gene, a gene associated with alcoholism, that we’ve never seen before,” says Conde. “He has an increased predisposition for alcohol dependence of something like six times higher. He also had a slight increased risk for cocaine addiction, but he dismissed that. He said that if anyone has done as much cocaine he had, they would have been hooked.”
Ozzy Osbourne is a mutant, but ironically, his genes also suggest that his body is a slow metabolizer of coffee, meaning he would be more affected by caffeine. In addition, he does have a noticeable Parkinson’s-like tremor and some deafness.