Ozzy Osbourne, 61, the former lead singer of Black Sabbath and erstwhile reality TV star, can thank his genes for his unusual endurance despite all the years of the heavy metal lifestyle.
ABC News explains:
The musician has several gene variants that “we’ve never seen before,” said geneticist Nathaniel Pearson, who sequenced the rocker’s genome, including variants that could impact how Osbourne’s body absorbs methamphetamines and other recreational drugs.
The study of Ozbourne’s genetic sequence was made by Knome, a firm based in Cambridge, Mass. Scientists there found that the genes connected to addiction to drugs and booze had unique variations that the researchers had never encountered.
ABC outlined the larger significance of the Osbourne data:
By sequencing those who seem to show unique traits, such as Osbourne’s ability to remain relatively healthy despite heavy drug and alcohol abuse, geneticists hope to learn more about how deviations in certain genes create specific traits, susceptibility to disease and reactions to substances.
Despite all the years of hard partying, wife Sharon said that “he’s going to outlive us all.”