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Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 06/15/2010

What can Ozzy Osbourne's genetic code teach us?

By Liz Kelly

Ozzy Osbourne, who has survived years of drug and alcohol abuse, a near catastrophic ATV accident and reality television, could be considered something of a medical miracle. And now scientists are studying his genetic code to discover more about why some people can tolerate excessive substance abuse:

Mapping of a genetic code sounds like expensive work. I hope researchers plan to make the most of it by including specific instances of extreme substance abuse, like what led Ozzy to snort a line of ants. Or the precise moment at which -- if one goes further with his drug usage -- he will be forever rendered a mumbling, shuffling shadow of his former self. And why stop with the substance abuse research? Why not dig deeper to discover how Oz manages to tolerate spending 24/7 with the shrill Sharon Osbourne?

And, while we're at it, should researchers get busy mapping the genetic code of other celebs? Just imagine what one could learn about predispositions for plastic surgery and dimwittedness from Heidi Montag's silicone-saturated genes. Think of the strides that could be made in infidelity research if both Tiger Woods and Jesse James donated a bit of their blood to the project. And, could the cast of "Jersey Shore's" genetic codes hold the secret to achieving stardom without actually possessing any quantifiable talent?

And we thought space was the final frontier.

By Liz Kelly  | June 15, 2010; 12:45 PM ET
Categories:  Celebrities, Hollyweird  | Tags:  Ozzy Osbourne  
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Comments

if by survived years of abuse , you mean he's still living, then yes , he survive.
His brain and mental state- not so much.

Posted by: newagent99 | June 15, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

I think that if they get Keith Richards' blood and compare it to Ozzy's, they'll find a perfect match.

Posted by: RightWinger1 | June 15, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I'd rather Detroit research how you could run the h_ll out of the cheap old Dodge Dart and they refused to die.

Posted by: nonsensical2001 | June 15, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

/pushes soapbox into position

So the problem with genetic sequencing right now is that right now we can detect a lot more variation than we can actually understand, or interpret. In order to suss out clinically significant variation for the "white noise" in all our genomes, you have to do a whoooooole lot of detailed and careful comparisons within a population of people with the same disorder. While this company (Knome) may be willing to sequence Ozzy's genome, they're going to have a hell of a time distinguishing clinically important stuff from neutral variation. Right, FDA? (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/11/AR2010061106097.html)

In short: this is kind of a cool trick, and I don't mind them doing it for the lulz, but I am calling bulls*%^ on your science, Knome.

Love, your future genetic counseling student

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | June 15, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

If I were married to Sharon Osbourne, I'd do drugs, too...a LOT of drugs.

Posted by: angelos_peter | June 15, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Spaced out is the final frontier.

Posted by: kabuki3 | June 16, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

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