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The mysterious village where girls turn into boys


It sounds like the plot of a  Twilight Zone  episode, an Ursula K. Le Guin story, or the Pulitzer Prize winning 2002 novel Middlesex : There's a place where, when girls hit puberty, they turn into boys. Such a plot would prove rich territory - or a landmine - for anyone interested in how gender and sexuality develop. 

"Think of the scientific possibilities!" Slate magazine wrote in 1997. “Finally, we could tease apart nature and nurture and see whether men and women differed because of how they were brought up as children.”

Yet, this place - Salinas, a small village in the Dominican Republic - actually exists. And though scientists have been aware of the genetic mutation that causes this curious condition for decades, the little-known, but extensively documented, story is the subject of a new BBC piece called “The Extraordinary Story of the Guevedoces.” miejsce odrzanskie