A Cambridge, Massachusetts firm plans to map Ozzy Osbourne's genetic code to find out what's kept him alive after all the years of drugs, alcohol, and bat guts. Knome, which will map the former Black Sabbath frontman's genome using a sample of his blood, said that he's only one of a few people in the world that has the privilege of genetic analysis.
As Knome points out, the 61-year-old rocker has lived a life that should have killed off any ordinary human long ago. The £27,000 test will produce results in about three months--Knome hopes that the findings will reveal how drugs are absorbed in the body, and how Ozzy, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, and even Iggy Pop can withstand more substance abuse than their ecstatic fans.
Ozzy himself admits that he's not sure how he's still alive, and even deemed himself as a "medical miracle" after a 40-year "bender." At one point in his life, Ozzy was drinking four bottles of cognac a day, "blacking out, coming to again, and carrying on," he said. Ozzy's apparent taste for live, flying and scavenging rodents isn't exactly a big secret either--he even broke his neck in a quad bike accident back in 2003. If that's not enough, Ozzy suffers from a genetic disorder similar to Parkinson's disease.
So is it any surprise that boffins want to check out his DNA? "Sequencing and analyzing individuals with extreme medical histories provides the greatest potential scientific value," said Nathan Pearson, director of research at Knome.