The rock star Ozzy Osbourne and other stars were in town this week for health care conference, of all things..
The conference is called TEDMED 2010, and, according to its organizers, it is attempting to "demonstrate the intersection and connections between all things medical and health care related: from personal health to public health, devices to design and Hollywood to the hospital."
The former Black Sabbath frontman and his wife, Sharon, a star now in her own right, both attended the four-day conference, which wrapped up on Friday. The couple were part of a panel during the conference, talking about their experiences with genome sequencing -- the rock star recently had his DNA mapped; Sharon is in the process. They spoke with SoundDiego on Friday about their thoughts on genome sequencing as a diagnostic tool.
"We were offered to be [have our genomes sequenced], Ozzy and I, and just thought it was an unbelievable opportunity to take it," Sharon Osbourne said.
"The future of medicine: I think we should all embrace it, because we'll be looking at this in a few years' time -- I don't think it will be that much in the future -- and they'll look at now and [say], 'I can't believe we used to do that,' " Osbourne said. "It's like trying to find a cure before it gets going."
Among the other big names at the event were magician David Blaine, CNN medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, entrepreneur Anthony Robbins, Priceline founder Jay Walker, author Daphne Oz, astronaut Scott Parazynski, architect Frank Gehry and singer Jill Sobule, among others.