I think we all came from Neanderthals! I heard Kevin Conrad talking about this and thought I would find the story and share it with you. I am certain that I descended from the dwarf Neanderthal. I wonder if there were any "hot" Neanderthal women?
Science confirms theNeanderthal in Ozzy Osbourne
"If there’s a gene for addictive behaviour," says Ozzy Osbourne, "you’d have thought mine would be written in pink neon." The findings of a project to sequence Osbourne's genome will be presented Friday.STEPHEN HIRD/REUTERS
There’s a touch of Neanderthal in Ozzy Osbourne. That’s now a scientific fact.
Osbourne, the hard-living rocker who used to down four bottles of Cognac a day, is among the first people in the world to get his entire genome sequenced.
The results will be presented Friday at the TED Med conference in San Diego, Calif.
Among them: Osbourne carries a variant in the ADH4 gene that may well explain “his ability to ingest enormous quantities of alcohol” without killing himself, Jorge Conde, co-founder of Knome Inc., told the Star on Thursday.
Then again, Osbourne’s genes also reveal a probability of alcohol dependency “six times higher than the average person,” said Conde. Knome launched its personal genome-sequencing service in November 2007, and asked Osbourne to take part out of scientific curiosity that he was still alive.
“If there’s a gene for addictive behaviour, you’d have thought mine would be written in pink neon,” Osbourne reflected in his column in the Sunday Times of London.
He’s most tickled about the discovery that he had less Neanderthal in him than George Church, the Harvard professor and co-founder of Knome. And that there was Neanderthal-human interbreeding.
“All this is big news for blokes everywhere, I think: If the Neanderthals could get laid, there’s hope for us all.”
He also discovered that Jesse James, Tsar Nicholas II and King George I are distant relatives and the comedian Stephen Colbert, whom he’d never heard of, is a closer cousin.
“A lot of the other stuff was more reassuring than mind-blowing,” Osbourne said. No “dodgy genes” for Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s or cancer.
“This is the genome of a regular person who has had a pretty extraordinary life,” said Conde. “Given his high profile, it was a good opportunity to explain to people what can be done with these types of analyses.”
Most unusually, the analysis found that Osbourne carries two versions of the COMT gene: both the warrior and the worrier variant.
“Those two sides of my personality sum me up perfectly,” said Osbourne.
“Being a warrior – the crazy, bat-eating Prince of Darkness – has made me famous. Being a worrier has kept me alive when some of my dearest friends never made it beyond their mid-twenties.”
Conde’s message at TED will be a bit more tinged with caution.
“We knew we would not find the gene that explains why Ozzy Osbourne is Ozzy Osbourne. DNA in the vast majority of cases is not our destiny. It just lays down a blueprint for us as humans, not who we are as a person.”
That said, Conde admitted, “A lot of what we do is very serious. This was a lot of fun.”