Science says Ozzy Osbourne is a Mutant

July 31, 2015

After all of the years and years of drugs and alcohol abuse that Ozzy Osbuorne has subjected his body to, he is still alive at the fresh age of 66, and still rocking as usual. In fact, he may have his genes to thank for it. Because after scientists have sequenced the "Full Osbourne Genome" it's scientifically official... Ozzy Osbourne is a mutant.

Not like Hugh Jackman as Wolverine from the X-Men sort of mutant. But geneticist Nathaniel Peason, who sequenced Osbourne's genome discovered that the rocker has several gene variants that "we've never seen before", including variants that could impact how his body absorbs methamphetamines and other recreational drugs.

Ozzy's wife Sharon Osbourne is quoted saying: "I've always said that at the end of the world there will be roaches, Ozzy and Keith Richards." She goes on saying "He's going to outlive us all. That fascinated me -- how his body can endure so much."

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.

Ozzy lending his genetic code to science could mean potential breakthroughs in the world of medicine. He was skeptical at first, but he eventually started to favor the idea of offering the mysteries of his DNA to science.

"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 dependance 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."

Ironically, Ozzy's genes also suggest that his body is a slow metabolizer of coffee, meaning he would be more affected by caffeine. "Turns out that Ozzy's kryptonite is caffeine." says Conde.

(source: ABC News)