Johnny, who was formally known as Felicita, said he remembers being treated as a girl, but also offers that he never felt fully comfortable. Throughout the piece, Mosley meets young Guevedoces who express similar sentiments. A previous researcher, studying the Guevedoces, determined "they don't have male genitalia when they are born is because they are deficient in an enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase, which normally converts testosterone into dihydro-testosterone."
BBC explains the science behind the phenomenon, but more importantly, the silver lining of the Guevedoces suffering: their condition could have beneficial implications for men around the world, specifically in limiting certain prostate ailments, and even treatmeningt male pattern baldness.
Needless to say, this should be one of the more interesting things you learn about today.
Wil Fulton is a Staff Writer for Thrillist. Follow him @wilfulton
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