Ozzy, Yes. Might These Rockers Have Neanderthal DNA?

Last year, Ozzy Osbourne became the first in what is sure to be a long line of musicians and artists to have their genome mapped by scientists. The firm that did the analysis, Knome of Cambridge, Mass., found that Osbourne has a few trace elements of Neanderthal in his genes, which could explain his past ability to ingest massive amounts of drugs and alcohol and survive to his current age of 62.

The solo star and former Black Sabbath front man pulls into Houston tomorrow night with opener Slash (yes, the ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist). Our sister music blog at St. Louis' Riverfront Times, A to Z, gave Ozzy's show up there this past Friday a great review, and captured some of the best photos we have seen of Ozzy in years. Rocks Off needs to step up our game up Tuesday night.

Scientific American interviewed the main scientists working on the project, who concluded that as of yet, there is no conclusive evidence that Ozzy is some sort of genetic leftover with a super- (or quasi-) human tolerance.

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Craig Hlavaty
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