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Growing a penis at 12: the 'Guevedoce' boys of the Dominican Republic

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posted on Sep, 21 2015 @ 10:14 AM
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a reply to: manuelram16

I obviously missed that!

Do you remember in the documentary if they focused on just one of these communities? Or if they talked about it in other places?




posted on Sep, 21 2015 @ 11:34 AM
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a reply to: Boadicea

I believe they talked about the high rate of cases in one community.



posted on Sep, 21 2015 @ 11:49 AM
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a reply to: manuelram16

It was probably one of or both of these communities then. I thought I read somewhere that it still happens elsewhere, but rarely, unlike these communities. I can't find it again though.



posted on Sep, 21 2015 @ 11:57 AM
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a reply to: Boadicea
I do remember it was in Latin America, the Nova episode I think it was is: Sex Unknown from 2001
will check tonight with my home collection.



posted on Sep, 21 2015 @ 11:59 AM
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a reply to: manuelram16

Thank you! I'll try to look for it online.

Latin America -- That may have been the Domican Republic.



posted on Sep, 21 2015 @ 01:38 PM
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originally posted by: queenofswords


they are deficient in an enzyme called 5-α-reductase, which normally converts testosterone into dihydro-testosterone.


I wonder what has caused this enzyme deficiency in this particular population causing this gender abnormality? Something "in the water"? A thorough investigation might lead to other answers and solutions to other gender issues.



If I had to guess, I'd probably say it's the result of genetic drift. The Dominican Republic, being an island nation, may have started out with a small population where a few individuals had this condition (founder effect). The allele frequencies for this may have changed over time, leading to it becoming more common.

Again, this is just a guess, but it seems the most likely answer to me.




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