Editorial: Controlling the onset of adolescence

2019-03-02 09:13:05

ADOLESCENCE, quite rightly, has a bad reputation. It is tough for youngsters when their sex hormones surge and for parents to watch their little angels turn into raging beasts. It is especially hard if puberty begins when children are very young. Today, drugs that can be injected to delay puberty are reserved for extreme cases. But that could change. Better drugs are expected to emerge in the next decade thanks to the discovery of the gene that kick-starts puberty (see “The teen gene”). That raises an intriguing question: