Girls grow a PENIS and morph into BOYS when they hit puberty in beautiful Caribbean village

Babies born apparently female in a tiny village in the
Dominican Republic are turning into men at puberty due to a
genetic deformity.
Around two per cent - or one in 90 - babies from Salinas are
thought to be born with the condition, which occurs due to a
missing enzyme during pregnancy.
The transition is so common the children are referred to as
Guevedoces, or 'penis at 12 years'.

Johnny is one of the babies affected and was initially
brought up as a girl named Felicity by his parents.
The 24-year-old said doctors didn't originally know what sex
he was but he always felt more like a boy, according to
BBC.
He said: 'I went to school and I used to wear my skirt. I
never liked to dress as a girl.
'When they bought me girls' toys I never bothered playing
with them - when I saw a group of boys I would stop to play
ball with them.'

Another boy, named Carla, said he is also going through the
same transition aged nine after appearing to be born a girl.
Pictures show Carla, who will change his name to Carlos,
wearing a pink patterned top with his hair in bunches as he
smiles alongside his cousin Catherine.
The condition was first discovered in the 1970s after a
scientist from Cornell visited the island.
Babies usually form male sex organs after around eight
weeks in the womb, with the change triggered by hormone
dihydro-testosterone.

But a handful of babies do not have the enzyme that
triggers the hormone surge and consequently appear to be
born female.
They will not form male genitalia until they reach puberty,
when there is another surge of testosterone.
Some experts have suggested there is such a high
concentration of children affected in Salinas due to the
village's isolation.
The extraordinary condition will be explored by Dr Michael
Mosley on BBC Two's Countdown to Life - The Extraordinary
Making of You tomorrow night.
According to the BBC's website, the programme 'explores
how this remarkable human diversity is so crucial to our
species, but [also shows] that these complex processes can
occasionally go wrong'.

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