Chief scientist warns of youth ‘powder keg’

Younger sexual maturation, slow brain development and complex social networks are creating a “powder keg” likely to cause an explosion of unsafe sex, drugs and crime, warns the Government’s chief science adviser.

Sir Peter Gluckman issued a statement today about the “new biological reality” behind recent youth tragedies, including binge drinking causing death.

Sir Peter said active sexual hormones now kicked in for young people about age 12, down five years from 200 years ago.

Sexual maturation had sped up because of better child health and nutrition, and was a sign of a physically healthy population.

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