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Little Girls in a Remote Village In Dominican Republic Turn into Boys When They Hit Puberty

by Bidita Debnath on  September 22, 2015 at 1:15 AM General Health News   - G J E 4
Bodily changes at the time of puberty such as voice cracking and mood swings are all too common among boys worldwide. The transformation that some boys undergo at a remote village in the Dominican Republic is extraordinary - these boys grow a penis only when they hit puberty.
 Little Girls in a Remote Village In Dominican Republic Turn into Boys When They Hit Puberty
Little Girls in a Remote Village In Dominican Republic Turn into Boys When They Hit Puberty
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The story of these children who live in Salinas, an isolated village in the southwestern Dominican Republic, features in a new BBC science series "Countdown to Life - the extraordinary making of you".

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One in 90 children in Salinas face this rare genetic disorder, telegraph.co.uk reported. In their village, these children are simply referred to as the 'guevedoces' - which literally translates as 'penis at 12'.

The disorder occurs because of a missing enzyme which prevents the production of a specific form of the male sex hormone - dihydro-testosterone - in the womb, the report said.

Because of this missing enzyme they appear to be born female with no testes and what appears to be a vagina. The male reproductive organs emerge during puberty at around 12 years of age due to a huge surge in testosterone.

So what should have happened in the womb happens around 12 years later. Their voices deepen and they finally grow a penis.

Source: IANS
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