Where Little Girls Turn Into Boys At Puberty!

| September 22 , 2015 , 14:29 IST
While 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 undergo at a remote village in the Dominican Republic is extraordinary - these boys grow a penis only when they hit puberty. 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". One in 90 children in Salinas face this rare genetic disorder, 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.