Apparently,Â heavy metal rocker and ever-befuddled TV reality show dad,Â Ozzy Osbourne, is a genetic mutant.
Now does this come as a surprise to anyone? Really?
I mean, in addition to fronting wildÂ rock and rollÂ bands into his 60s and running hardcore chemistry experiments on his body for decades, the guy once bit the head off a bat, he peed on the Alamo, and he once snorted a line of ants off the sidewalk, like it was blow off a stripper’s ass. This is nothing if not behavior of some sort of mutant, genetic or otherwise.
But it may surprise you to learn that Ozzy is apparently literally a genetic mutant, and the gene variants found in his genome might explain how he was able toÂ consume so many illicit substances and . . . well, live.
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.
So, kids, it’s not enough to party like a rock star anymore. It’s more impressive to party like a genetic mutant.Â
What do you think? Could there be a benefit to such variants? What might happen if a mutation like this was selected for? Do you have the super party animal gene variants? Or are the hard party mutations completely absent? In other words: Are you a Rager or Light Weight? And finally, was Ozzy better with Sabbath or better with Rhoads?
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